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OSHA proposes a fine of $50,600 against the Metro Steel Fabricators Inc

OSHA proposes a fine of $50,600 against the Metro Steel Fabricators Inc
The U.S Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed a fine of $50,600 against Metro Steel Fabricators Inc. to steel erection contractor of Brooklyn, for alleged serious and willful violations of safety standards at Tuckahoe, N.Y.

On OSHA’s inspection they found that workers at the 30 Elm St. worksite were exposed to electrocution hazards while working within the 10 feet of energized High- voltage power and the service lines. While the workers who were connecting steel beams without the fall protection were exposed to falls of three stories.

“Fall and electrocutions are counted among the leading causes of death in construction work.” Said OSHA’s area director in Tarrytown, N.Y. “Electricity can kill or injure instantly, while a momentary slip, trip or loss of balance can lead to a fatal or disabling plunge. There is no good reason for employers’ failure to provide the basic, commonsense and legally required safeguards at each and every jobsite. “

In inspection it was also found that Metro Steel Fabricators was erecting steel without first receiving a written verification that concrete footings were of sufficient strength to support the loads; roadway work zone was not set up properly and it lacked warning signs; and there were additional fall hazard stemmed from the lack of perimeter safety cables and use of incomplete stairway for access.

OSHA issued Metro Steel Fabricators one willful citation, with a fine of $35,000 for the electrocution hazard and seven serious citations, with 15,600 in fines of remaining items. OSHA’s definition of a willful violation as one committed with plain indifference to or intentional disregard of employee safety and health. There are serious citations issued when any physical harm or death is likely to result from the hazards about which the employer knew or should have known.

The role of the OSHA is to promote healthy and safe working conditions for America’s men and women by setting and enforcing standards and providing training and education.