A Florida framing contractor was cited for exposing employees to unsafe working conditions by permitting work without use of fall protection. OSHA fined the contractor for this safety negligence and the contractor faces penalties of $199,178. The employer could have avoided these citations and penalties with proper fall protection training.
A fine that large can serve as a serious wake up call for framers and safety companies everywhere.
OSHA conducted two inspections on different occasions at different worksites. Both inspections found unsafe working conditions, with employees working between 11 feet- 22 feet without fall protection. Employers should never allow work conducted from those heights without ensuring the use of fall protection.
OSHA standard requires employers to provide employees with fall protection when working from heights of six feet or higher. When employers fail to ensure fall protection they put their employees at serious risk for injuries and fatalities.
According to a statement released by OSHA, the company “has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.”
After their citation, the contractor came to Onsite Safety for help. With efforts to get in compliance with OSHA standards, they sought out fall protection training. Onsite Safety provided fall protection training to educate the employer and employees about the dangers of working without fall protection and equip them with the knowledge to prevent further citations.
If OSHA has cited you for fall protection negligence, take the next step of seeking proper training and protection. If they haven’t, maintain safety in your company by doing the same. Onsite Safety wants your company to work as safely as possible and wants to help you get there.