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OSHA ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS

Atlanta – Preventing falls, particularly at construction sites across the Southeast, is the goal of a special emphasis program announced by OSHA. According to OSHA statistics, 33 percent of all fatal workplace accidents in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi were caused by falls, and 70 percent of these fatal falls occurred at construction sites. During that period, OSHA’s southeastern area offices investigated 83 fatalities involving falls; 58 of which were in the construction industry.

Boston – Failure to supply fall protection to workers at an Andover, Mass., job site has resulted in $42,000 in proposed fines against a local roofing contractor, following an accident in which a roofer fell 37 feet to his death from a building at 44 Lowell Junction Rd.

Boston– A cofferdam collapse in southeastern Massachusetts that seriously injured a worker has resulted in OSHA proposing $191,100 in fines against a Boston-based contractor.

Dallas – Failure of the Pasadena Tank Corp. to protect workers from fall hazards resulted in the death of a worker at a Houston construction site and has led the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue citations against the company, with proposed penalties totaling $258,000. OSHA cited the company, headquartered in Houston, with six alleged willful and serious safety violations. OSHA began its investigation when an employee, who was repairing the rooftop of a storage tank, fell 56 feet to the ground when the rooftop collapsed.

Haleyville, AL – Repeated failures of a Haleyville, Ala., door manufacturing plant to protect its workers from machine hazards contributed to the death of an employee may cost the company $102,000 in proposed OSHA fines.

Houston – An Olshan Foundation Repair Co. employee in Houston was electrocuted during a tunnel excavation beneath a residence undergoing a foundation repair. OSHA cited the company with alleged safety and health violations and proposed penalties totaling $148,500.

Talladega, AL – A Talladega underground utility contractor has agreed to pay $73,000 in OSHA penalties after being cited for exposing employees to trenching hazards.

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