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Repeat Fall Hazards Result in $92K Fine

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

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Federal workplace safety regulators have imposed a $92,400 fine against an Alabama contractor with a history of safety citations for alleged fall hazards.

Mega Construction, of Robertsdale, was issued two repeat citations in the latest case, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Monday (March 7).

Previous Fatality

In announcing the citations, OSHA said the company has been inspected 12 times in the past five years, including after a fatality.

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Falls remain the leading cause of death in the construction industry.

Federico Ruiz, 25, reportedly died in a fall on a Mega Construction jobsite in September 2013, according to Al.com, citing weeklytoll.blogspot.

A call to a phone number listed for Mega Construction was unanswered Tuesday (March 8). The company does not have a website.

2 Inspections, 2 Repeat Citations

The repeat violations reportedly stem from two inspection sites in Daphne, where OSHA observed workers installing roof sheathing while being exposed to falls of up to 9 feet, without proper fall protection.

The agency’s inspections took place in November 2015.

"It is extremely disturbing that, after a dozen inspections and a workplace fatality, Mega Construction continues to violate OSHA's fall protection requirements," Joseph Roesler, OSHA's area director in Mobile, said in the statement.

"Our goal is to use firm, fair and consistent enforcement to ensure voluntary compliance."

Mega Construction has 15 days from the receipt of citations to respond.

Stand-Down Dates

Falls remain the leading cause of death in the industry; they accounted for 349 out of 874 total construction deaths in 2014.

OSHA recently announced that it and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Center for Construction Research and Training will host the third annual National Safety Stand-Down during the week of May 2-6.

The event is focused on reminding and educating employers and workers in the construction industry of the dangerous and sometimes deadly consequences of falls.

   

Tagged categories: Accidents; Citations; Construction; Ethics; Fall protection; Health and safety; Residential contractors

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