Cited for “callous disregard for its employees,” a New Jersey contractor is facing close to $900,000 in fines from OSHA. Based in Cinnaminson, N.J., the company was cited by OSHA as having exposed workers to falls and other hazards while on a job site in Philadelphia, failing 21 out of 27 federal safety inspection violations over the past year.
The OSHA inspection, conducted in October 2015, found that the company was allowing workers to work 30 feet or more off the ground without adequate fall protection. Further investigation by OSHA found more issues with worker safety.
Durability and Design reports that after the OSHA inspection was conducted, OSHA cited the company for one willful, two repeat, and two serious alleged hazards.
Inspectors found workers at risk of fall hazards 38 feet above ground without proper fall protection, and issued a willful citation carrying a $69,300 proposed fine.
The agency also issued citations for the company's alleged failure to:
- Have a competent person conduct frequent and regular inspections of the site, materials and equipment;
- Provide a training program for employees exposed to fall hazards;
- Ensure employees used eye protection while using pneumatic nail guns; and
- Ensure employees operating rough terrain forklifts were trained and evaluated in the safe operation of the equipment.
Proposed fines for those hazards ranged from $4,500 to $13,860 each.
The company has 15 days from when it received the citation to comply or request a conference with the OSHA area director.