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The crackdown on residential fall-protection hazards has dealt a costly lesson to one Florida contractor who is now facing a six-figure fine over alleged hazards at three sites.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Jacksonville has cited Justin Construction Company Inc. of Jacksonville for six safety violations after inspectors saw employees at three residential construction sites working without fall protection system. Proposed fines total $186,340.

Three of the violations are classified as willful—OSHA's highest (and most expensive) level of infraction.

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OSHA offers detailed guidance on Fall Protection in Residential Construction.

Justin Construction has been cited nine times over four occasions for serious and repeat violations, according to OSHA.

The company did not respond Friday (Sept. 5) to a request for comment.

'Blatant Disregard'

Failure to provide fall protection is one of OSHA's most frequently cited standards.

"Falls continue to be the leading cause of death in construction, and this employer's blatant disregard for employees' safety is unacceptable," said Brian Sturtecky, OSHA's area director in Jacksonville, in an announcement.

"It is imperative that any employee working from heights more than six feet be provided the proper fall protection equipment and trained how to properly use it."

The Violations

Three of the violations are classified as willful; two, repeat; and one, serious.

According to OSHA, a compliance officer saw Justin Construction employees working on residential roofs at three sites without fall protection on Feb. 25 and March 13.

OSHA ladder safety Justin Construction

Improper use of ladders is a common cause of OSHA citations.

The willful violations allege failure to provide fall protection during roofing and framing work and allowing workers to use the top step of a stepladder. Those violations carry a combined proposed penalty of $150,150.

The repeat violations allege use of pressurized nail guns without proper eye protection and lack of fall protection. Those fines total $36,190.

The serious violation involves failure to provide a railing on a riser—a hazard corrected during the inspection, but still carrying a penalty of $2,310.

The company has 15 business days to answer the citations.


Tagged categories: Enforcement; Fall protection; Good Technical Practice; Health and safety; Ladders; North America; OSHA; Roofing contractors; Violations

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