- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a New Jersey contractor, Berlin Builders, for 19 repeat and eight serious violations, and fined the company $198,550, for consistently exposing workers to unsafe conditions, including falls.
- OSHA inspected four of Berlin's worksites and found the contractor did not provide fall protection for workers exposed to fall hazards as high as 29 feet; train employees on fall protection; inspect job sites for hazards nor train employees on how to use ladders properly.
- In addition to the concern over falls, OSHA also gave the company serious citations for not providing adequate personal protection equipment; having damaged electrical cords and no fall protection plan in place for an aerial lift.
"By refusing to provide the proper fall protection, Berlin Builders is jeopardizing the lives and well-being of its employees and their families," Paula Dixon-Roderick, director of OSHA's Marlton Area Office, said. "Four in 10 construction workers who die as a result of workplace injury suffer a fall, so it's vital that construction companies take responsibility to ensure worker safety. No one should have to compromise their safety in order to earn a paycheck."
OSHA has reported that falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry, responsible for 40% of the industry's workplace fatalities in 2014.
Last month, OSHA fined KB Home Florida and associated companies $145,000, for fall protection and other violations at a residential subdivision project in Jacksonville, FL.
The agency also just cited and fined Illinois contractor Ziggy's Roofing $115,000 for exposing workers to dangerous fall hazards at two different work sites within a month. OSHA also cited a Massachusetts roofing contractor for 16 safety violations and fined the company $188,000 for not providing adequate fall protection.