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OSHA Fines Binghamton, NY Contractor $52,500

OSHA has cited contractor MJ Scoville Inc. for violations at a Binghamton, NY demolition site. The $52,500 in proposed fines stemmed from 9 violations, most of which were for fall and lead hazards.

Employees at MJ Scoville worked in conditions that exposed them to falls of up to 40 feet without fall protection, reported OSHA in a January 18 press release. Employees were also in danger of 14-foot falls from an unguarded scaffold.

In addition to the fall hazards, OSHA found that the employer failed to adequately monitor lead exposure levels for employees performing demolition work in and around materials known to have been contaminated with lead-based paint. No respiratory protection, monitoring, or employee training was provided on lead hazards.

The violations stemming from the OSHA inspection were all classified as either serious or willful. MJ Scoville has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to either comply or content the findings.

Source: OSHA

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