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Monday, December 02, 2013

OSHA Significant Citations Announced Last Week

OSHA defines a significant citation as one with more than $100,000 in proposed fines. The following are the citations OSHA announced last week that have total fines greater than $100,000.

Crane collapse In CT Results In OSHA Citation ($165,200)
American Samoa Employer Cited Following Fatal Fall ($107,910)

Port Chester, NY, marine construction contractor Concavage Marine Construction Co. cited for willful and serious crane safety violations

 OSHA has cited Concavage Marine Construction Co. for willful and serious workplace safety violations following a May 22 crane collapse at the Avalon Bay Marina in Stamford. The marine construction contractor, based in Port Chester, N.Y., had been hired to replace and repair storm-damaged pilings at the marina and faces $165,200 in proposed fines following an inspection by OSHA's Bridgeport Area Office.

While installing pilings, the 80-foot boom of the barge-mounted crane fell over backward, bouncing off the stays of a sailboat and landing on top of a yacht. OSHA's inspection found that the crane lacked boom stops and a boom hoist limiting device, necessary safety devices that would have prevented the boom from falling backward. The crane had not been inspected by a competent person who could have identified these and other hazards. These hazards resulted in two willful citations carrying $98,000 in fines. A willful violation is one committed with intentional disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

"This crane should not have been operating. Not only did it lack required safety devices, it had not been inspected for these and other defects that should have been corrected before the crane began operating. The employer deliberately failed to adhere to basic crane safety standards, putting at risk the lives of its employees and anyone else in the vicinity," said Robert Kowalski, OSHA's area director in Bridgeport.

Fourteen serious citations, with $67,200 in fines, involved hazards related to the set up, operation and maintenance of the crane and barge. They included failing to:
  • conduct additional, required daily, monthly and annual inspections of the crane, the barge and the crane's wire lifting ropes
  • ensure that load charts, with the crane's correct lifting capacity, were in the crane
  • reduce the crane's rated lifting capacity to account for operating on the barge
  • ensure that the cabling system used to secure the crane to the barge is sufficiently sized and strong to support the crane's load
  • ensure that the barge was structurally sufficient
  • erect control lines or railing to mark the crane's swing/crush zone.
A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

The citations can be viewed at:

Concavage Marine Construction 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.

Additional information on barge safety and the OSHA standard governing work on floating cranes/derricks and land cranes/derricks on barges is available at:

Click here to read about the accident.
Paramount Builders Inc. again cited for violations involving inadequate fall protection

OSHA has cited Paramount Builders Inc., of Pago Pago, American Samoa, for six serious, one willful and one repeat violation of workplace safety and health standards. OSHA began its inspection in May after a worker suffered a fatal fall.

"This tragedy could have been prevented if workplace safety standards had been followed," said Galen Blanton, director of OSHA's Honolulu Area Office. "This incident reinforces the critical importance of focusing on fall protection in the workplace. Fall-related incidents are a leading cause of occupational injuries and death. Employers have a responsibility to uphold and model these safety standards."

OSHA cited Paramount Builders for one willful violation - routinely neglecting to ensure workers were anchored or tied off to body harnesses and, in this case, when operating on elevated structures 18 to 35 feet in height. OSHA's fall protection safety standards require that those working at heights greater than 6 feet be anchored and tied off.

Paramount Builders was also cited for failing to maintain material safety data sheets and provide training and information on hazardous chemicals kept on-site. The same violation was cited in 2009.

Additionally, the serious violations include:
  • the absence of a certified first-aid responder on-site
  • lack of fall protection training
  • use of inadequate ladders
  • improper use and maintenance of filtering facepiece respirators
The citations can be viewed at:

Since 2011, Paramount Builders has been subject to four planned inspections as part of OSHA's local emphasis programs for silica and construction, resulting in two citations for the same fall protection violations that led to the May fatality. Proposed fines total $107,910. The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Related Past Posts:
Over $556,000 In Citations Announced Last Week
Contractors Cited For Building Collapse
NH Contractor Faces $115,000 In Fines

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