The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited a construction firm for eleven separate workplace safety violations that occurred at a worksite in Fairmont, West Virginia and possibly faces more than $146,000 in penalties.
WorkCompCentral reported that M&M Construction LLC, d/b/a Michael Jones Contracting, was given two “willful” violations by OSHA for not requiring workers to wear protective gear for their eyes and faces when using a power saw to cut metal and not installing fall protection devices for workers who were removing shingles off a roof. According to OSHA, those employees were at risk of falling from a height of 15 to 19 feet.
In addition, OSHA cited even more hazards it deemed as “serious.” The agency said the company endangered its workers by not grounding electrical equipment with fault circuit disruptors; requiring them to work near overhead power lines, providing extension cords with worn-out insulation — thereby exposing them to shock hazards — and failing to train workers on recognizing hazards when building, taking down and moving scaffolds. The company also was cited for putting the structure in danger by bridging together scaffold platforms and using different scaffolds from various manufacturers.
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