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OSHA: Plaster Workers Exposed to Falls

Monday, December 21, 2015

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An Ohio plaster and masonry contractor faces more than $131,000 in federal fines for allegedly exposing workers to fall hazards at two inspection sites earlier this year.

B & B Plastering, of Leavittsburg, OH, received both the citations Dec. 10, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The inspections occurred in September and October at two separate work sites.

In a statement released Wednesday (Dec. 16), OSHA said it issued the company four willful and three serious safety violations for allegedly allowing employees to work on scaffolds without guardrails or fall protection equipment.

Not Contesting

B & B Plastering does not appear to have a website. On Friday (Dec. 18), the man who identified himself as the company’s owner, Benny Brown, said in a phone interview with D+D News said that he was not planning to contest the citations.

“You know how OSHA is,” said Brown. "They’ll get their money either way. They’ll have the IRS come and take it from you.”

According to inspection information on OSHA’s website, the agency fined B & B Plastering $1,050 for two serious violations and one other-than-serious violation in August of 2010. Inspection data indicates the violations also were for fall hazards.

Fall Concerns

Falls remain one of OSHA’s primary concerns. As previously reported, falls have ranked in OSHA’s top 10 list of safety violations for the past two years.

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B & B Plastering, of Ohio, was issued two sets of citations for failing to prevent employees who were working on scaffolding from fall hazards, according to OSHA.

“In the past year, 26 Ohio workers died in falls,” said Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland, in the agency’s recent statement. “It is inexcusable for an employer not to provide fall protection on a job.”

September Citations

In September, OSHA inspectors visited a B & B site in Niles, OH. There, they allegedly found workers on scaffolding 24 feet off the ground, the agency said. OSHA cited the company with:

  • Failing to provide protective helmets to workers on scaffolding, serious, $2,640;
  • Allowing workers to access scaffolding through windows and by climbing on cross braces, and for not providing a ladder, willful, $30,800; and
  • Permitting employees to work at heights of 16 feet and 24 feet on scaffolding that did not use a guardrail, willful, $30,800.

October Citations

Then, in October, OSHA inspectors visited another B & B worksite in Canfield, OH. There, they found employees allegedly working at heights of 16 feet. The agency cited the company with:

  • Failing to fully plank each platform of scaffolding, serious, $2,800;
  • Neglecting to provide footings that were level, sound and rigid on scaffolding, serious, $2,800;
  • Allowing workers to access the scaffolding by climbing on the cross braces, willful, $30,800; and
  • Failing to provide a guard rail or personal fall arrest system for workers on scaffolding, willful, $30,800.

The agency said the company has 15 days to pay its citations from the date it received them.

   

Tagged categories: Business matters; Construction; Fall protection; Government; OSHA; OSHA; Plasters; Scaffolding

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