OSHA has cited AA& B Builders Inc. and Ebenezer General Construction Excavating for exposing employees to safety hazards on a worksite in Ewing, New Jersey.
The companies face a combined total of $148,264 in proposed penalties.
OSHA’s Marlton Area Office initiated an inspection on February 27, 2020, under its local emphasis program for fall hazards in construction, when a compliance officer observed employees exposed to hazards involving falls, electrical cords, and scaffolding on the job site.
The agency cited AA&B Builders, the general contractor on the worksite, for four repeat and six serious violations for the safety hazards, and proposed $97,542 in penalties.
Ebenezer received citations for 10 serious violations and $50,722 in proposed penalties.
“Construction is a high-hazard industry, so employers must provide all of the necessary safeguards to protect workers from serious or fatal injuries,” said OSHA Marlton Area Director Paula Dixon-Roderick.
OSHA’s Construction Industry webpage includes several compliance assistance resources on protecting workers from industry-related hazards.
The top ten risks and hazards from working on construction sites are:
- Working at height;
- Moving objects;
- Slips, trips, and falls;
- Hand/arm vibration syndrome;
- Material and manual handling;
- Collapsing trenches; and