Contractor Faces $88K Fine Following Employee Death

06.13.2024
HR & Safety

A Massachusetts construction company is facing more than $88,000 in penalties after U.S. Department of Labor investigators said it violated federal fall protection regulations. 

The agency launched an investigation after an employee fell from a ladder scaffold in September 2023. The employee later died from his injuries. 

OSHA officials cited OJR construction with one willful violation and 10 serious violations. 

The company said they will go before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission to contest the citations. 

Previous Citations

But OSHA said it’s not the first time the company has been cited. 

OSHA cited the roofing contractor in March 2017 and September 2019 for failing to protect employees from fall hazards by complying with required safety standards.  

Inspectors said the company willfully exposed employees to fall hazards by not providing a safety net or personal fall arrest or guardrail systems and by failing to have an emolpyee hazards training program. 

OSHA cited the roofing contractor in March 2017 and September 2019 for failing to protect employees from fall hazards.  

Officials added that the company did not comply with a number of other OSHA regulations. 

That includes installing guard rails on scaffolds, guaranteeing ladder side rails extend beyond three feet above the upper landing surface, having a competent person onsite to ensure the use of fall protection, and clearing the pathway below a scaffold or ladder. 

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