Southern New Jersey Contractor Disregards Fall Protection Requirements

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a citation to Brutus Construction Inc. on April 10, 2019, according to an OSHA news report. The company was cited for failure to observe fall protection and other safety hazards at their worksite. Brutus Construction Inc., located in Souderton, Pennsylvania, now faces $181,699 in penalty fines.

 

Employees did roof work at a residential construction site without the use of fall protection. As a result, the company is cited for the willful exposure of employees to safety hazards. Among the hazards is failure to provide fall protection requirements and training. Unfortunately, Brutus Construction Inc. has been cited by OSHA 19 times for such hazards.

 

Brutus Construction Inc. has 15 business days to comply upon receiving the citations and penalties. The company can request a meeting with OSHA’s area director, or contest OSHA’s findings before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

 

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 states that employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for employees. It is OSHA’s role to ensure that these conditions are provided for America’s working men and women. OSHA holds employers accountable by enforcing standards, and providing training and assistance.

 

Disregard for fall protection requirements and other safety hazards poses potential loss of business for offenders. More importantly, this type of carelessness threatens the lives of employees. When it comes to safety, there is no room for neglecting fall protection requirements or any of OSHA’s safety standards.

 

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The Author

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William Mizel has been in the fire protection, safety engineering and risk management industry for over 30 years. He is a frequent expert witness on OSHA and safety cases throughout the United States. His vast experience includes development and implementation of corporate and site-specific safety and loss control policy and procedures, and holds a Certified Safety Professional designation from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. He is an authorized construction industry outreach instructor from the OSHA Training Institute.