$40k Safety Violations

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Two Contractors Found Negligent in Fall Protection

Two contracting businesses have been assessed fines totaling over $40,000 due to safety violations that resulted in the death of a worker who fell 20 feet from an aerial lift in late 2019.

A property managment and investment firm were fined a combined total of $44,146 by OSHA, with the majority of the penalties – around $32,000.

The three violations were as follows:

  • They didn’t develop and implement an accident prevention program.
  • An employee worked from the aerial lift basket without using fall protection, such as the required body belt and lanyard attached to the basket.
  • They didn’t make sure its employees and subcontractors knew how to recognize and avoid fall hazards before using an 800HJ aerial lift.

This is a good reminder that it’s important for contractors and business owners not only to implement and require their workers to follow safety protocol, but also to make sure that crew members and crew leaders are trained in recognizing and responding to safety hazards on the job.

OSHA also cited the property management company for failing to report a hospitalization within 24 hours and failing to report a fatality within eight hours, as required. “Allowing employees to work at heights without using proper fall protection methods increases the risk of serious or fatal injuries,” said OSHA acting Fort Lauderdale area director Juan Torres. The citations were issued May 18, 2020.

To read the OSHA ruling: click here.
To read the OSHA release, click here.


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