Scaffolding

OSHA Cites Vyacheslav Leshko for Fall Protection Violations

Leshko, a New Jersey construction company owner, has a history of exposing workers to fall hazards.

OSHA inspectors recently discovered multiple repeat violations at a DH Construction LLC job site after a complaint led to an investigation.

Workers were exposed to serious scaffold hazards at a worksite in Philadelphia and numerous other fall and electrical hazards, according to the agency.

“Scaffolding hazards continue to be one of OSHA’s most frequently cited violations,” said Theresa Downs, OSHA Philadelphia area director. “These well-known scaffold hazards could have been avoided if basic safety practices were implemented.”

Workers were performing masonry and bricklaying while working on a scaffold that was dangerously close to power lines, according to inspectors.

Owner Vyacheslav Leshko, who has a history of workplace safety violations, was cited for eight repeat and two serious violations for exposing workers to fall and electrical hazards, failing to train employees on scaffold hazards, failing to develop and implement an accident prevention program and not providing employees with hard hats.

Leshko, who previously cited in 2014 under another company name, faces $191,215 in proposed penalties.

DH Construction LLC has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

TAGS: OSHA
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