The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Mega Construction Co. Inc. for two safety and health violations, both of which are repeat violations. They come in response to two inspections of worksites in two separate subdivisions in Daphne, AL in December of 2015. This inspections were initiated as part of the Regional Emphasis Program on Falls in Construction. The citations are for violations relating to inadequate fall protection equipment for employees working from heights up to 9 feet. OSHA has inspected the employer 12 times in the last five years, including after a fatality in September of 2013. These violations carry proposed penalties of $92,400.
"It is extremely disturbing that, after a dozen inspections and a workplace fatality, Mega Construction continues to violate OSHA's fall protection requirements," said Joseph Roesler, OSHA's area director in Mobile. "Our goal is to use firm, fair and consistent enforcement to ensure voluntary compliance."
As you can see from this example, even just one violation repeated over and over in just one area of occupational safety and health can become extremely expensive. And for anyone in the construction industry, even a worksite with no injuries and no reports of OSHA violations can still be inspected, as in this case, due to the strong emphasis both nationally and regionally on fall protection.
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