Construction Site Safety News - January 2016

A summary of citations and violations issued by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration for the month of January 2016 follows:

On December 28, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration issued two citations for willful safety violations Susquehanna Supply Company Inc., a company headquartered in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, for failing to take appropriate safety measures to protect its workers. On July 7, 2015 37-year-old Richard “Ricky” Gold was buried alive when a trench he was working in collapsed. He was a graduate of Warrior Run High School and Lycoming College. He left behind a son and daughter.  

On January 7, 2016, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration issued one citation for willful and one citation for serious safety violations to SB Framing Services, of Naples Florida, for its failure to provide fall protection to its employees. On September 26, 2015, ST Framing’s 32-year-old employee, Selvin Velasquez, fell to his death. He left behind two sons, a three-year-old and 8 month old.  

On January 11, 2016 Mass Bay Electrical Corp. reached a settlement with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration by agreeing to take extensive corrective action to prevent future deaths and injuries to its employees and to establish a safety training fund.  Previously, Mass Bay Electrical Corp. received multiple citations for safety violations when Joseph Boyd and John Loughran, both 34-years-old, were killed when an aerial basket they were working in toppled over on April 12, 2014. Loughran was a 1998 graduate of Marshfield High School and a 2002 graduate of Bridgewater State College. Boyd graduated from BMC Durfee High School class of 1998 and left behind two sons.

On January 12, 2016, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration issued citations for serious and repeat safety violations to High Quality Builders Inc., a Bordentown, New Jersey subcontractor and TJ Ward Plumbing Heating & Commercial Services LLC of Media, Pennsylvania a general contractor, for failing to provide employees fall protection. On July 6, 2015 a 30-year-old construction worker fell while installing gutters and he is now paralyzed from the waist down.

On January 14, 2016, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration Custom Contracting Inc., issued six citations for safety violations to Custom Contracting Inc., a Lincoln, Nebraska Company, for failing to provide its workers with fall protection. On October 24, 2015 39-year-old Jason “Jake” Oenbring fell to his death. He left behind three daughters.