OSHA fines NJ contractor $191K for scaffold safety violations



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New Jersey, OSHA fines NJ contractor $191K for scaffold safety violations

Dive Brief:

  • 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.

Dive Insight:

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…