West Chester, PA – An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) has found that High Quality Builders Inc., a Bordentown, New Jersey, subcontractor routinely misused front-end loaders and similar pieces of equipment to support scaffold platforms. The company also failed to provide fall protection and did not properly train workers to recognize fall hazards.
The fines were the result of an incident in July, 2015, after a 30-year-old construction worker toppled three stories to the ground as a rough terrain forklift raised a makeshift platform on which he stood. The worker suffered serious and permanent injuries, including paralysis from the waist down.returned from a holiday weekend on July 6, 2015, ready to install gutters on new apartment and condominium buildings at 1323 West Chester Pike in West Chester. It was his first day on the job site, and his last as a builder.
For these and other violations, OSHA issued citations for eight serious and two repeat violations, with $72,880 in penalties.
OSHA cited High Quality Builders for similar violations in March and June 2015. This was the second fall suffered by a company employee in 2015.
The agency also cited the job site’s general contractor, TJ Ward Plumbing Heating & Commercial Services LLC of Media, Pennsylvania for eight serious violations, including lack of fall protection and the improper use of powered industrial trucks. The violations carry $24,500 in penalties.
In a statement, OSHA said the worker is now confined to a wheelchair, “because of the disregard of the employers at this site for the safety and well-being of their workers. Their actions are inexcusable and will not be tolerated.”