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Monday, June 03, 2013

OSHA Significant Citations - MA Contractor Faces $290,700 In Fines

The following is a summary of recent OSHA and state OSHA significant citations. These are citations that have proposed fines over $100,000 and that were announced during the past week.

The following are based on a press releases from OSHA and other sources. Reports from states, such as California, Oregon and Wyoming, in which the state has responsibility for workplace safety enforcement are also included.

Massachusetts contractor faces fines for fall hazards ($290,700)

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OSHA has cited Twin Pines Construction Inc. for alleged willful, repeat and serious violations of workplace safety standards at its Durham work site. The wood framing contractor, based in Everett, Mass., faces a total of $290,700 in proposed fines following an OSHA inspection.

Workers performing framing work were found exposed to falls ranging from 9 feet up to 30 feet due to missing or inadequate fall protection. OSHA standards require that employees working six feet or more above a lower level be protected against falls by personal fall arrest systems, guardrails or safety nets.

Additional fall hazards stemmed from ladder misuse and personal fall arrest systems that could allow workers to fall more than six feet and strike lower levels. As a result, three willful citations were issued with $200,500 in fines. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

Four repeat citations, with $75,900 in fines, are for hazards similar to those cited in 2009 and 2011 at work sites in Boston, Lakeville, Lexington, New Bedford and Newbury, Mass., and in Portsmouth. These hazards include:
  • lack of fall protection training
  • no eye protection for workers using pneumatic nail guns
  • ungrounded electrical cords
  • missing handrails.
Finally, Twin Pines was issued three serious citations, with $14,300 in fines, for:
  • wood and metal trusses inadequately braced during installation
  • missing fire extinguishers
  • no protection from falling objects
The citations can be viewed at:

OSHA has created a Stop Falls Web page at http://www.osha.gov/stopfalls with detailed information in English and Spanish on fall protection standards. The page offers fact sheets, posters and videos that vividly illustrate various fall hazards and appropriate preventive measures.

Twin Pines Construction Inc. has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet informally with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Related Past Posts:
Last Week's Significant OSHA Citations
OSHA Significant Citations - Trenching Hazards Result In Citations

OSHA Significant Citations - Amerigas Safety Violations 

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