OSHA Cites Connecticut Employer for Fall Hazards
OSHA has cited L.L.E. Construction LLC for exposing employees to fall hazards and other dangers at a construction worksite in Bridgeport.
The company faces $146,554 in proposed penalties.
OSHA inspectors observed employees installing shingles and a skylight without fall protection.
The company was cited for failing to provide fall protection, train employees to recognize fall hazards, and properly anchor fall protection equipment; using a damaged ladder and exposing employees to falls from ladders; failing to provide eye protection; and conduct regular inspections of worksite, materials, and equipment.
OSHA cited the company for fall and eye protection hazards in 2010, 2012, and 2013.
L.L.E. Construction LLC has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Falls are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths.
OSHA offers a wealth of information on fall protection, including construction and non-construction fall standards, and resources for recognizing and evaluating fall protection hazards in the workplace.
Updated Fall Protection Standard
According to OSHA, falls are among the most common causes of serious work related injuries and deaths.
Falls are among the most common causes of serious work related injuries and deaths.
In 2016, the agency updated its general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip, and fall hazards.
OSHA estimates the final standard will prevent 29 fatalities and more than 5,842 injuries annually.
The rule took effect Jan. 17, 2017, and affects approximately 112 million workers at seven million worksites.
The new standard's most significant update to the Walking-Working Surfaces standards is allowing employers to select the fall protection system that works best for them, choosing from a range of accepted options including personal fall protection systems.
OSHA has permitted the use of personal fall protection systems in construction since 1994, and the final rule adopts similar requirements for general industry.
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