Action Concrete Construction Inc., a Huntsville, Ala.-based subcontractor specializing in rough carpentry and concrete, has been cited by OSHA for exposing its employees to fall hazards and eye injuries. Proposed penalties amount to $59,864.
While investigating a worksite in Panama City Beach, Fla., OSHA inspectors identified one willful violation for failing to install guardrails or use personal fall arrest systems while employees worked at a height of 11 feet. Action Concrete was also cited for allowing its employees to use a pneumatic air gun without wearing proper eye protection. The inspection was part of OSHA’s Regional Emphasis Program for Falls in Construction.
“Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries in the construction industry,” says Brian Sturtecky, OSHA area office director in Jacksonville, Fla. “Employers must provide adequate training and appropriate equipment to ensure the workers are protected.”
Action Concrete has 15 business days to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings.