From a Department of Labor press release:
U.S. Labor Department’s OSHA cites steel erection companies for continued exposure of employees to fall hazards at Gadsden, Ala., area job site; Department proposes $123,750 in fines for serious and repeat violations
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $123,750 in penalties against Fast-J Steel Erectors and Magna Steel Erectors for serious and repeat safety violations committed while constructing a metal building near Gadsden, Ala. Both companies are based in Houston, Texas, and have the same owner.
Under an agency regional emphasis program focused on reducing falls in the construction industry, an OSHA compliance officer initiated an inspection after observing fall hazards at the site.
“These companies placed their employees’ lives at risk by allowing unsafe working conditions,” said Roberto Sanchez, OSHA’s area director in Birmingham. “Falls are a leading cause of death in construction and most are preventable if companies follow the proper procedures.”
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