Serial violator exposes workers to potential fatal falls at New Hampshire worksite, OSHA reports

Company faces $152K in fines, additional enforcement action

Posted January 22, 2016

OSHA announced it has cited a New Hampshire contractor for repeatedly putting his employees in danger of fatal and disabling falls, most recently in Manchester. According to OSHA, the owner failed to protect his employees against falls and other hazards at his jobsites.

A complaint of unsafe conditions at a roofing job led OSHA inspectors to investigate. The inspectors report that they found employees working at heights over 20 feet without fall protection and proper ladder safeguards. Inspectors also report, two days later, they returned and discovered the same hazards again. As a result, OSHA cited the owner for two willful violations of workplace safety standards.

Additionally, OSHA's inspectors said they found four repeated violations for hazards similar to those cited in 2012 following OSHA inspections at worksites in Hampton and North Hampton.

These violations include:

  • Failing to provide fall protection for employees working on scaffolds;
  • Lack of hard hats and eye protection for workers; and
  • Failure to guard the operating parts of an air compressor against contact.

In addition, OSHA issued four serious citations for the following hazards:

  • Locating scaffolding too close to a live, 240-volt electrical line;
  • Inadequate scaffold access;
  • Using ladders on scaffold platforms; and
  • Failing to provide training to workers on fall protection.

The company is facing proposed penalties totaling $152,460.

After its latest violations, OSHA has placed the owner’s company in its Severe Violators Enforcement Program. The program focuses on recalcitrant employers that OSHA finds to have endangered workers by committing willful, repeat, or failure-to-abate violations. Under the program, OSHA may inspect any of the employer's facilities if it has reasonable grounds to believe there are similar violations.

The owner has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, meet with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.


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