OSHA has cited Frenchtown, N.J.-based Scot Christopher Rule for exposing workers to lead and other workplace hazards at a worksite in Easton, Pa., according to a news release. The company faces $104,637 in proposed penalties for the hazards discovered at a renovation worksite.
OSHA initiated a follow-up inspection after the painting and wall-covering contractor failed to provide proof of abatement related to an investigation in 2017. OSHA inspectors cited the company with four willful violations, including the failure to provide employees with training and information concerning lead and hazardous chemicals, the failure to conduct a determination of employee exposure to lead, and the failure to have a written lead compliance program. OSHA also cited Scot Christopher Rule for permitting the improper use of respirators.
"Overexposure to lead can result in a wide range of debilitating medical conditions," said OSHA Allentown, Pa., area director Jean Kulp. "The most effective way to minimize exposure is to use engineering controls, provide training, and use protective clothing and equipment."
The recent inspection by OSHA also discovered the employer exposed employees to aerial-lift fall hazards, and the agency cited the painting and wall-covering contractor for additional serious violations related to fall hazards.
The contractor has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed fines to comply, request an informal conference with their OSHA area director, or to contest the findings.