OSHA fines NJ contractor $191K for scaffold safety violations
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited a New Jersey contractor doing work in Philadelphia this month with multiple March scaffolding safety violations, fining the company $191,215, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
- The agency said DH Construction LLC allowed workers to use scaffolding that wasn't secured or cross-braced, didn't provide for adequate planks on the floor and didn't protect workers from falling objects. OSHA said that some of the scaffolding was also built too close to power lines.
- OSHA issued DH Construction eight repeat and two serious violation citations. The owner of DH Construction has another construction company, which was cited for similar violations in 2014.
Scaffolding-related violations typically make an appearance in OSHA's annual top 10 list of most frequently violated safety standards. Incorrectly assembled or misused scaffolding equipment can create fall hazards...