Category: Contractor Safety

OSHA Cites Subcontractor for Asbestos Exposures in Hospital Demolition

Chicago-area subcontractor K.L.F. Enterprises faces $392,002 in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines for exposing its employees and others to asbestos during the structural demolition of a Waukegan, Illinois, hospital, the agency announced May 15. Agency investigators observed K.L.F. employees not wearing protective equipment amid piles of debris and steel I-beams during the structural […]

EHS On Tap E202: Clearing Up the Confusion About Head Protection

On episode 202 of EHS On Tap, Cam Mackey, President and CEO of the International Safety Equipment Association, and Ray Chishti, Senior EHS Editor with J.J. Keller, talk about clearing up the confusion about worker head protection.

Florida Contractors Cited in Fatal Crane Accident

Two Florida contractors, Adcock Cranes Inc. of Plant City and Tampa-based Concrete Impressions of Florida Inc., are facing Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citations and fines after an aerial lift operator suffered fatal injuries from being struck by a boom as a crane tipped over during work on an Orlando highway ramp. A Concrete Impressions […]

Guam Contractor Faces $1 Million OSHA Fine

Guam contractor Giant Construction Corp. faces $1,038,918 in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines for trenching violations. Federal inspectors found employees working in trenches deeper than 5 feet without required safety equipment. Giant Construction, a Tamuning contractor, was installing sewer lines in multiple trenches at a worksite in the Palisades Subdivision Project in Tiyan. […]

Florida Contractor Cited in Heat-Related Death

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Belle Glade, Florida, farm labor contractor McNeill Labor Management Inc. in the heatstroke death of a migrant sugar cane farmworker, the agency announced April 15. Because there’s no federal standard for heat exposures or heat illness prevention and the agency cites employers under the General Duty Clause […]

Realizing the Benefits of Safety Plans

Written safety plans are often the foundation of an organization’s safety program – spelling out safety goals, identifying hazards and controls, outlining standards and training, documenting procedures, specifying roles and responsibilities, and establishing lines and methods of communication and feedback. There are many regulations for which OSHA felt it necessary to require a written safety […]

OSHA Slaps $1.8 Million Fine on Minnesota Contractor

Minnesota contractor Wagner Construction Inc. faces $1.8 million in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines for a serious violation and 16 repeat violations involving trenching and excavation hazards, the agency announced December 5. Despite signing a 2021 settlement agreement with the agency that included a promise to protect its employees from trenching and excavation hazards, […]

Worker Fatalities Yield Maximum OSHA Penalties

A Georgia chemical manufacturer and Massachusetts concrete contractor find themselves facing Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines following worker fatalities, the agency announced December 1. After a 52-year-old leach tank operator suffered fatal chemical and thermal burns over most of his body, OSHA cited Chemical Products Corp. of Cartersville, Georgia, with five serious violations, […]

Wisconsin Roofer Facing $180K in OSHA Fines for Fall Hazards

Wisconsin roofing contractor Overhead Solutions LLC faces $180,469 in proposed Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) penalties for fall protection violations, the agency announced November 27. Federal workplace safety inspectors observed the company’s employees working about 30 feet above ground on a Menasha apartment complex roof without adequate fall protection. Thirteen days later, an inspector […]