US contractor fined US$1m for ‘ongoing disregard for safety laws’
13 February 2024
The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited a contractor for exposing workers to fall hazards at a construction site in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, US.
According to OHSA, Adrian Construction Group – a carpentry and framing firm with roughly 20 employees – was inspected by the agency in July 2023. OHSA issued six ‘willful violations’, which included lack of fall protection and failure to ensure use of eye protection, and four violations for unsafe scaffolds and failure to provide hard hats.
The total penalty proposed by OHSA is $1,017,248.
OHSA said it inspected Adrian Construction five times since 2016, and the company was cited each time for fall protection violations.
The company has been added to the agency’s ‘Severe Violators Enforcement Program’.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker said, “Placing them on the list of severe violators will intensify our scrutiny of their operations.”