OSHA Compliance

OSHA cites Peekskill, New York, contractor for full hazard at Peekskill Middle School Construction Site

Tarrytown, NY. - Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Kane Contracting Inc. for allegedly violating safety standards during the renovation work at Peekskill Middle School that is located at 212 Ringold St. The contractor is charged of $42,000 in penalties and inspection opened June 29 in response to the complaint.

During inspection OSHA found that the workers were exposed to falls up to 18 feet at the time of using scaffold for the installation of sheetrock on the ceiling of the auditorium. The scaffold had no guardrails, and fall protection equipment was neither used nor supplied. According to OSHA’s requirement, an effective form of fall protection should be in place and should be used whenever employees are working on scaffolds 10 feet higher above the next level.

Diana Cortez, OHSA’s area director in Tarrytown said; "Falls are the leading cause of death in construction, and this employer well knows the requirement that workers be protected against this constant hazard."

As a result, OSHA issued $42,000 fine for the fall hazard to Kane Construction. OSHA defines the incident to be the willful violation as one committed with plain indifference to or intentional disregard for the safety and health of the employee.

Kane Contracting Inc. has 15 business days right from the receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply participate in an informal meeting with area director of OSHA or can contest findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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