NJ Construction Co’s Facing $100K+ Fines for Safety Hazards

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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;
  • Noise;
  • Hand/arm vibration syndrome;
  • Material and manual handling;
  • Collapsing trenches; and
  • Asbestos.