OSHA Enforcement

Orlando, FL – Two contractors working on the JW Marriott Hotel in Orlando, Fla. are facing numerous safety violations after two workers died at the work site.

OSHA has fined PCL Construction Services Inc. and Universal Engineering Sciences to the tune of $157,792 after the fatalities.

The workers were pouring concrete on the seventh floor when the support structure collapsed. 

The agency discovered the contractors failed to inspect formwork, shoring, working decks and scaffolds properly prior to construction to ensure that the equipment met the required specified formwork drawings.

OSHA also issued PCL Construction Services Inc. a willful citation for failing to design, fabricate, erect, support and brace the formwork so that it was capable of supporting vertical and lateral loads.

Additionally, OSHA sent a hazard alert letter to Puleo’s Concrete Inc. and C&C PumpingServices Inc., employers of the two deceased workers, recommending that they develop a workplace policy to follow-up with the general contractor to ensure installation of shoring equipment according to the most recent drawings.

Warminster, PA – OSHA has cited Etna Construction Inc. for failing to protect its workers against trenching hazards.

The agency discovered numerous violation at the Warminster, Penn.-based company’s Philadelphia job site.

Etna Construction faces a proposed $208,560 in penalties for the following violations:

  • Failing to install protective systems inside the excavation area;
  • Failing to provide a safe means of exit from the excavation area;
  • Failing to correct excavation deficiencies; and
  • Not instructing workers on recognizing excavation hazards.

The employer also failed to ensure employees wore hardhats to prevent head injuries and did not properly guard protruding reinforced steel, according to OSHA.

Augusta, GA – OSHA has cited an Augusta battery plant for exposing employees to lead, unsafe machinery and other hazards.

OSHA said in a news release that U.S. Battery exposed employees to lead, as well as arsenic, at levels that exceeded permitted limits at the Tobacco Road plant, which makes batteries for golf cars and other small vehicles.

U.S. Battery faces penalties of up to $115,594.