OSHA Cites Painting Company for Violations

OSHA cited Jesse Craig Painting Co., Los Lunas, N.M., with five\r\nalleged safety violations and proposed penalties totaling\r\n$34,000.

OSHA cited Jesse Craig Painting Co., Los Lunas, N.M., with five alleged safety violations and proposed penalties totaling $34,000.

Jesse Craig Painting Co. is a telecommunications tower painting and maintenance company.

OSHA discovered the alleged safety violations during an inspection that began Oct. 30, 2000, after an employee was killed and other received serious injuries when they fell while being hoisted up a 500 foot telecommunications tower.

The accident occurred about 18 miles east of Pecos, Texas.

The company was cited for two willful, two serious and one other-than-serious safety violations.

The two willful violations involved failing to use proper safety equipment to hoist workers and failing to use ladder safety devices, cages or other adequate fall protection equipment.

The two serious violations were for failing to inspect personal protective devices, tools and equipment and failing to inspect safety belts and straps.

The other-than-serious violation involved the lack of written certification record of training for first aid and respiration training of employees.

Jesse Craig Painting has 15 days from receipt of the citations to comply or contest them.

by Virginia Sutcliffe

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