NJ contractor cited for safety violations, history of repeat offenses

Falls from heights of 35 feet or higher lead to thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths at construction sites every year, according to OSHA officials.

According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a complaint against a Brick, New Jersey contractor in March for allegedly placing its workers in harm's way led to a lengthy investigation. On Tuesday, officials announced the probe was complete.

The investigation's findings, detailed in an OSHA press release, include nine safety violations – two of which were repeat offenses – and $74,830 in proposed fines against La Conti Concrete and Masonry Inc. The company employed 34 workers at the construction site in question located in Secaucus.

The repeat violations were for "failing to provide safe access to a scaffold and ensure workers were not exposed to a 35-foot fall while working on an unguarded scaffold." OSHA officials noted that the contractor had been cited for similar violations in 2006, 2007 and 2011.

"This employer continues to jeopardize the safety and health of its workers by failing to correct these hazards, which is unacceptable," said Kris Hoffman, director of OSHA's Parsippany Area Office. "Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace, and will be held legally accountable when they fail to do so."

In April, OSHA officials announced a campaign to combat the leading cause of construction site injuries and deaths in the U.S. – falls from elevated platforms such as scaffolds, ladders and roofs. In 2010, there were 10,000 workers injured and 250 killed from such accidents.

With worker safety of paramount concern and the reputations and financial viability of contracting companies at stake, a training management system can prove an excellent solution. By educating supervisors and their team members on proper safety measures, job sites will become more efficient, secure and less prone to serious accidents.


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