OSHA Cites Four Companies for Hazards at Atlanta Construction Site

OSHA has cited four construction companies for allegedly exposing workers to safety hazards at an Atlanta building site. The agency is proposing penalties totaling $115,250.

"An inspection was initiated after employees exposed to fall hazards were observed at a West Marietta Street site where apartment buildings were under construction," said Andre Richards, OSHA's Atlanta-West area director.

The general contractor, Philadelphia, Miss.-based W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co., received two repeat citations with penalties of $42,500 for allegedly failing to provide proper anchorage and free fall distance for fall arrest systems. The company had been cited previously for a substantially similar condition.

Yates also received nine serious citations with additional penalties of $37,500. Cited alleged hazards included:

  • Unguarded building edges;
  • Aerial lift being moved with workers in the basket and boom extended;
  • Falling building debris, and
  • Equipment being operated from an improper electrical outlet.

All-Tex Roofing Inc. of Smyrna, Ga., received one repeat citation with a $20,000 penalty for allegedly failing to provide workers with proper fall protection. The company also received a $2,000 fine for one serious citation for allegedly exposing workers to "struck-by" injuries from materials stored too close to roof edges.

Atlantic Forming Inc. of Stone Mountain, Ga., received two serious citations and $8,000 in penalties for allegedly failing to provide employees with properly anchored lifelines and adequate anchor points.

Forms Inc. of Mableton, Ga., received two serious citations with penalties totaling $5,250 for allegedly failing to provide employees with proper fall protection and exposing them to injuries from falling materials.

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