Contractors Cited in New Jersey for Fall Hazards

OSHA has cited two contractors with operations in New Jersey for violations that include failure to protect workers from fall hazards.One company, based in Staten Island, N.Y., was cited for seven safety – including one willful – violations at a Jersey City, N.J., worksite. The investigation was initiated after a worker with the masonry contractor was injured by falling from a sixth floor balcony while attempting to access a suspension scaffold. Proposed penalties total $136,290.

The willful violation reflects the use of makeshift devices on top of scaffolds to increase the level height for working and a failure to protect workers on scaffolds from fall hazards. Two repeat violations involve unprotected workers on scaffolds and a sixth floor balcony. The same violations were cited in 2007 and 2010.

In Kearny, N.J., an inspection led to OSHA citations for another company, based in Jersey City, with 18 alleged safety and health violations at the company's warehouse. OSHA initiated an inspection upon receiving a complaint. Proposed fines total $162,400, including $98,000 in penalties for two willful violations that involve permitting employees to ride on the forks of forklifts and a failure to provide fall protection on platforms.

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