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Three contractors face fines over fatal fall

Two Pennsylvania contractors and one from New Jersey face penalties totaling more than US$220,000 for safety violations that resulted in the death of a worker.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Philadelphia companies US Construction Inc and American Diamond Builders Inc together with Delran-based AAR Construction Inc. An employee suffered fatal injuries resulting from a fall at a Philadelphia site in November 2017. American Diamond Builders Inc faces US$143,159 in proposed penalties, while US Construction Inc faces penalties of US$73,984. OSHA has proposed US$6,652 in penalties for AAR Construction Inc's violations.

U.S. Construction has contested the citations and penalties. AAR Construction participated in an informal conference in the area office to discuss a settlement agreement. American Diamond Builders did not respond by the deadline or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission.  

OSHA initiated its investigation on 30 November 2017, after the City of Philadelphia's Police Department reported an employee fatality. US Construction has been cited with three repeat and three serious violations and American Diamond Builders with one willful and seven serious violations for exposing employees to impalement, struck-by, trip and fall hazards. AAR Construction received two citations for serious violations for permitting fall hazards to exist.

"Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry,” said OSHA Philadelphia area director Theresa Downs. “Employers must ensure proper fall protection is in place as required by law as a means to prevent tragedies such as this.”

 

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This article was published on 10 Jul 2018 (last updated on 10 Jul 2018).

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