PaintSquare.com
      | Connect Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook
About | Subscribe | Advertise
  

 

Download the FREE Equipment and Rental Resource Guide

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


OSHA: RI Bridge Project Lacks Fall Plan

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

More items for Health & Safety

Comment | More

Inadequate rescue procedures and fall protection on a Rhode Island bridge project have landed the contractor in hot water with federal safety officials.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued willful and serious violations against S&R/Pihl, a joint venture LLC, for the hazards and fined the company $60,900.

 The 53-year-old Pawtucket River Bridge, shown here before construction began in 2010.

 Photos: RIDOT

The project involves building three separate structures to replace the 53-year-old Pawtucket River Bridge, shown here before construction began in 2010.

Most of the fine—$56,000—stems from the willful violation, OSHA’s highest level of infraction.

OSHA found that S&R/Pihl did not have procedures and equipment in place for the prompt rescue of employees working at heights of up to 90 feet, despite notifications by OSHA to do so.

The contractor’s emergency response plan did not ensure that proper rescue equipment and trained personnel were readily available if needed, OSHA said.

Willful citations are reserved for safety violations “committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.”

The company, which has a $106 million contract for the project, did not respond to a request for comment.

‘Rescue Measures Must Be Available’

“If employees fall from a high angle and are suspended by their personal fall arrest systems, or if they need to be evacuated from elevated work areas due to an emergency, then time is of the utmost essence in rescuing them,” said Patrick Griffin, OSHA’s area director for Rhode Island.

“Rescue measures, including appropriate equipment, must be available and ready to be put into use immediately. Despite being informed of this requirement, S&R/Pihl has thus far refused to take steps to abate this hazard to its employees.”

 The new bridge will feature three steel arches.
The new bridge will feature three steel arches that are being prefabricated and put in place. That phase of the project began in October.

OSHA also issued a citation with a $4,900 fine for a serious violation involving a lack of fall protection for employees working atop the bridge deck, who were exposed to falls up to 90 feet. A serious violation reflects “substantial probability” of death or serious injury from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

About the Project

The Pawtucket River Bridge project began in November 2010. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is replacing the bridge, which dates to 1958 and carries I-95 over Taft Street and the Pawtucket River. Three separate structures are being built: a bridge to carry I-95 Northbound; a bridge to carry I-95 Southbound; and a bridge for the on and off ramps.

The work also includes rehabilitation of three other local bridges. Completion is set for summer 2013.

Fall Prevention Campaign

In April, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced a new campaign to reduce the toll from falls, which remain the leading cause of death in the construction industry.

More than 250 workers were killed and more than 10,000 were injured in 2010 as a result of falling while working from heights, according to OSHA.

The OSHA campaign advises workers to plan for employees working at heights, provide the right equipment, and train workers in fall hazards.

S&R/Pihl has 15 business days from receipt of its citations to comply, meet with OSHA or contest the case.

   

Tagged categories: Bridges; Construction; Contractors; Fall protection; Health and safety; OSHA; Violations

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Clemco Industries Corp.
Powerful Protection in a Small Package

Mounts inside blast helmet, alerts operator to dangerous breathing-air condition by audible, visual, and vibratory alarms. Easily calibrated, battery operated.


Bullard

The Next Generation
of Blasting

• Lightest
• Coolest
• Most Comfortable
• Most Dependable


RPB Respiratory
GET A FREE COOL TUBE

Take advantage of RPB Safety’s coolest promotion yet! Throughout the entire month of May you will receive a free Cool Tube with every...


Abrasives Inc.
One Call Orders it All!

Life is good when it’s simple. We distribute Clemco blast equipment, nozzles & parts alongside our proven blast media. Make your call: Abrasives Inc. 800-584-7524


SAFE Systems, Inc.
Portable Dust Collectors for Tough Environments

Trailer and skid-mounted models in numerous sizes, powered by electric and/or diesel. Sloped roofs, multiple dust inlets, high static, dampered fans. Lockable power & drive compartments.


Termarust Technologies
Termarust (HR CSA) Chemically Stops
Active Corrosion

Arch truss treated with Termarust's (HR CSA) in 2003. This steel arch bridge is rust free on all surfaces including the crevice corroded joints and connections.


Thermion Inc
Buy Back Program

We are offering $5,000
credit for your old Model
This drive system is
being discontinued by
the manufacturer.
More information at
thermioninc.com
877.884.3428


Sidewinder/Persyst Enterprises, Inc.
The Sidewinder Model M2 Solvent Recycler

Combat the rising cost of gunwash, thinners, acetone & more while drastically reducing waste disposal coat.


International Bridge Conference
International Bridge Conference

Save the dates to attend the 2015 IBC. Four full days of educational sessions and 150 exhibits all in the City of Bridges. Click here for more information.

 
 
 
Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
 

© Copyright 2000-2015, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com