OSHA Citations Earn Ire of Company Owner

Feb. 24, 2003
OSHA cited Jelenik Building and Renovation of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., with six alleged violations of federal occupational safety standards, but company owner David Jelenik says he's not going to pay the $3,750 in proposed fines without a fight.

On Dec. 7, construction worker Jeffrey Post fell some 10 feet from a scaffold at a construction site in Saratoga Springs, hitting his head. He died the next day at an area hospital.

According to Jelenik, Post threw a load of shingles onto the scaffold decking, causing it to give way. "It was just a freak thing," commented Jelenik. "We don't think we did anything wrong."

Apparently, OSHA investigators disagree, citing Jelenik Building and Renovation for not properly training employees to erect scaffolding according to manufacturer's specifications and for not providing guardrails or fall protection for employees working on the scaffold.

Jelenik argues the scaffolding was installed correctly and that employees were properly trained.

According to Jelenik, OSHA's mandate "is to come out and cite you with as many violations as they can."

He plans to contest the citations.

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Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the former content director of EHS Today, and is currently the EHSQ content & community lead at Intelex Technologies Inc. She has written about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990.

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