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OSHA Cites Illescas Brothers Construction for Safety Violations
A company in Paterson, New Jersey has been cited by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) for twelve safety violations it had committed while conducting masonry work on a home in Fort Lee. The proposed penalties for the company are more than $65,000.
OSHA inspectors observed several fall protection and scaffolding violations when they inspected a site of Illescas Brothers Construction on June 28. Employees performing bricklaying were seen climbing the cross braces of a platform 24 feet off the ground without proper fall protection, and employees erecting scaffolding were seen working on an unstable scaffold 18 feet off the ground.
The company was issued three repeat violations for failing to use proper scaffolding and proper fall protection, as similar violations were cited in August 2007. The company was also issued six serious violations (where there is a substantial probability of death or serious physical harm from a hazard the employer knew or should have known about) for failing to implement a respiratory protection plan, provide safe access to a landing surface, and protect employees from falling material.
The company was also issued three other-than-serious violations (violations that have a direct relationship to job safety and health but which would probably not cause death or physical harm) for the absence of a portable fire extinguisher, failing to provide a material safety data sheet to workers, and failing to issue a written hazard communications program.
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