OSHA fined Cotton Commercial USA, Inc. $362,500 today for seven safety violations including failing to provide fall protection for four workers, not promptly reporting the injury, and not providing fall protection training. The employer waited three days to report the injury which should have been reported within 24 hours of the incident. You can see the citations here.
Gardia Construction provided the laborers to Cotton Commercial and received a citation for one serious violation and a $4,900 fine.
After requesting a safety harness and not receiving one from his employer, the temporary worker fell 12 feet through the roof he was working on. He was hospitalized with fractured arms and severe contusions.
“Falls kill workers, but they are preventable,” said Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “Cotton Commercial denied its workers the safety equipment they are required to provide, and the company intentionally waited several days to report the incident and misled OSHA’s inspectors.”
After the fall, Cotton made sure its workers had proper fall protection.
"It shouldn't have to take a serious injury for a company to comply with the law," said OSHA Regional Administrator John Hermanson.
For more, view the news release on the United States Department of Labor website.