Framing Co Exposed Workers to Falls – Facing $32K in Penalties

Source: Krissada Chuanyen - 123RF

OSHA has cited Diaz Professional Construction LLC for exposing employees to falls at a Montgomery, Alabama, residential worksite.

The framing contractor faces $31,879 in penalties.

OSHA initiated the inspection as part of its Regional Emphasis Program for Falls in Construction after inspectors observed employees performing framing activities without fall protection.

OSHA cited the company for failing to use a fall protection system, allowing employees to operate pneumatic nail guns without eye protection and failing to train workers on the fall hazards.

OSHA Mobile, AL, Area Director Jose Gonzalez, said: “Falls are the leading cause of fatalities in construction”, adding, “Employers can protect workers from falls by ensuring that they wear required personal fall arrest or restraint systems, and by installing guardrail systems around roof openings.”

OSHA’s Fall Prevention/Protection webpage provides a list of resources on protecting construction workers from falls, including Protecting Roofing Workers, and Fall Protection in Construction.

The company 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.