OSHA cited a Keyport, N.J.-based Construction Company for repeated violations during the construction of a new commercial building in Jersey City. OSHA started their investigation in June after the case was reported by Jersey City Police Department about a worker who fell 45 feet and was severely injured while working on a steel erection type project.
According to an OSHA spokesman, the worker survived but had severe injuries. He shattered his right elbow, fractured pelvis, and broke his right kneecap.
OSHA proposed a penalty of $53,900 for a repeated violation by the construction company as they failed to protect the worker from falling off when he was engaged in decking operations. According to OSHA, a repeated violation occurs when a company is cited for similar violation of not following OSHA standards, rules, and regulations within a period of five years. This same company was cited in 2001 and 2012 for similar violations.
“Falls remain the leading cause of death in the construction industry, “said Kris Hoffman, Director of OSHA’s Parsippany Area Office.
OSHA is actively campaigning against fall accidents and are providing information in both English and Spanish as a larger part to protect Hispanic workers in the construction industry. Fall prevention training is something that contractors should include in their safety plan to ensure their workers’ lives are safe. Written Fall Protection Plans also help companies to stay in compliance with OSHA regulations.