OSHA has cited the general contractor on the reconstruction of the Pawtucket River Bridge for inadequate rescue and fall safeguards. The contractor faces a total of $60,900 in proposed fines following an inspection by the agency's Providence office.
OSHA found that the contractor did not have procedures and equipment in place for the prompt rescue of employees working at heights of up to 90 feet. Nor did the contractor's emergency response plan ensure that proper rescue equipment and trained personnel were readily available if needed. The agency issued a citation with a proposed fine of $56,000 for this willful violation.
OSHA also found a lack of fall protection for employees working atop the bridge deck, and for this serious violation issued a citation with a proposed fine of $4,900.
In April of this year, OSHA launched a campaign for employers and workers with educational information about working safely from ladders, scaffolds, and roofs in an effort to prevent deadly falls in the construction industry. In 2010, more than 10,000 construction workers were injured as the result of falling while working for heights, and more than 250 workers were killed.