Willful Citations Levied After Fatal Accident at Ambridge, Pa., Construction Site

OSHA has cited three contractors and proposed $102,300 in fines for allegedly exposing workers to safety hazards at an Ambridge, Pa., construction site.

OSHA began an inspection after a worker was killed after falling through a skylight.

"Falls are a leading cause of construction worker fatalities and injuries," said Robert Szymanski, area director of the Pittsburgh OSHA office. "This fatality is a harsh warning that employers need to comply with OSHA standards to protect their workers."

American Asbestos Control Company of Cranberry Township, Pa., received two willful citations with a penalty of $56,000 for allegedly failing to provide workers with fall protection and to properly cover skylight openings.

Eight serious violations, with a penalty of $7,200, were cited for additional alleged violations of fall protection standards.

Voegele Company Inc. of Pittsburgh also received a willful citation and a $28,000 penalty for allegedly failing to protect employees working on steep roofs.

Southern Erectors Contracting Corp. of Avella, Pa., was cited for five alleged serious violations and fined $11,100. All the alleged violations related to fall protection systems and training.

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