U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR CITES CARPENTRY FRAMING COMPANY IN PENNSYLVANIA FOR WORKPLACE SAFETY HAZARDS
The U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Strong Contractors Inc., a Bensalem carpentry framing company, for safety and health hazards at a worksite in Lansdale. The company has been fined $213,318.
OSHA cited Strong Contractors for two willful and five serious violations after inspectors found employees working without fall and head protection; untrained employees operating powered industrial trucks; work site safety inspections were not performed; and a lack of fire extinguishers for flammable liquid storage.
“Employers are required to regularly assess their worksites to ensure employees are properly protected,” said Jean Kulp, OSHA Area Office Director, in Allentown. “Despite numerous warnings of potential hazards, this employer continually disregarded required safety procedures, and put employees at risk for serious or fatal injuries.”
The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and 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.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.