Construction Employer Cited for Exposing Employees to Fall Hazards

In its ongoing effort to limit falls in construction, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Structural Subcontractors Service, LLC for exposing workers to fall hazards.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 requires employers to provide safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. Structural Subcontractor Services was cited after OSHA compliance safety and health officers found workers wearing fall protection harnesses that were not tied off during an onsite inspection.
OSHA issued one willful citation against the Alabama company for failing to protect employees from fall hazards and two serious citations for exposing employees to falls of approximately nine feet, and for failing to train employees to recognize fall hazards.  As a result of the citations, the company faces proposed penalties totaling $102,669.
“Falls in construction are a leading cause of fatal injuries,” said OSHA Area Director William Fulcher, in Atlanta.  To prevent this, construction companies have an ongoing obligation to ensure that employees working in elevated areas are provided with sufficient fall protection.