Construction Site Safety News - December 2015

A summary of citations and violations issued by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration for the month of December 2015 follows:

On December 2, 2015 the Occupational Health and Safety Administration issued one citation for willful and three citations for serious safety violations to Merit Construction Services Inc., a concrete company after an employee fell 9 feet through a hole, landing on a concrete floor.

On December 3, 2015, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration issued one willful, one repeat and one serious citation for safety violations to Anrich Inc., of Wayne, Pennsylvania, a company engaged in water and sewer pipeline construction. On the day of the OSHA inspection, employees were working in an unprotected excavation trench that was 14 feet long, 10 feet wide and 7 feet deep.

On December 8, 2014 the Occupational Health and Safety Administration issued three serious, two repeated and one other citation to Longhorn Contractors, a San Antonio Texas, for safety violations after an employee fell 35 feet to his death. Longhorn Contractors failed to provide fall protection to its employees. It has a long history of failing to address safety hazards, having been cited seven previous times dating back to 2008. Gabriel Palacios left behind two sons and a daughter.

On November 30, 2015 the Occupational Health and Safety Administration issued 40 serious safety violations to LC United Painting of Sterling Heights, Michigan when an employee fell inside a tower platform while prepping the area for painting. There was no fall protection provided on the jobsite.

On December 9, 2015 the owner of James J. McCullagh Roofing, Inc. plead guilty to one count of willfully violating an Occupational Health and Safety Administration regulation by failing to provide fall protection to employees who were doing roofing work at the Old Zion Lutheran Church on North Broad Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mark Smith, a 52-year-old father of four, fell to his death in an accident on the jobsite on June 21, 2013.