05/22/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/22/2019 08:00
GULF SHORES, AL - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited R Coast Construction LLC for exposing employees to fall hazards at a Gulf Shores, Alabama, worksite. The framing contractor faces $79,181 in penalties.
OSHA initiated the inspection as part of the agency's Regional Emphasis Program on Falls in Construction after inspectors observed employees performing residential framing activities without fall protection. OSHA cited the company for allowing employees to work from an aerial lift without fall protection, failing to train and certify employees to operate powered industrial trucks, and failing to require employees use a fall protection system.
'Serious injuries can occur when employees are not provided adequate fall protection,' said Acting Mobile Area Office Director Jose Gonzalez. 'Employers have a legal responsibility to ensure all recognized workplace hazards are corrected.'
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.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to help ensure these conditions for American working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov.