WASHINGTON, DC – A steel and roofing contractor has been to three years of supervised probation and must complete 30 hours of community service false statements for lying to OSHA inspectors regarding an incident investigation at one of Borden’s work sites in Cordova, Alabama, on March 18, 2013.
Borden told an OSHA inspector that he had been present on the job site on the day of the accident and that he had obtained personal fall arrest equipment to protect workers from falls on March 13, 2013, when actually he retained the equipment on March 18, 2013, after the incident occurred. Borden also claimed that employees had been tied off when he knew, in fact, they were not.
OSHA cited Borden for six safety violations following the incident, including a willful citation for failing to provide workers with fall protection while working within 6 feet of an open edge that was 30 feet above the ground.
Additionally, four serious violations were cited for exposing workers to severe weather conditions and not securing metal decking during inclement weather conditions. One other violation was cited for failing to notify OSHA about the workers being admitted to the hospital due to a work-related incident.
Borden contested OSHA’s citations but later settled the case, agreeing to all violations as cited and a penalty of $55,000.