OSHA fines Brockton roofer for endangering workers
According to wwwoshatoday.com BROCKTON – A Brockton roofing contractor has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for placing workers in danger, an infraction that will cost him $72,800 in fines.
Federal inspectors say Ivan Paredes, who operates Lincoln Construction, has a history of similar violations and has been cited seven times for fall-related hazards since October 2010 at various Rhode Island locations.
In a report, federal OSHA inspectors say they were heading back to their Providence office after another inspection on Jan. 22 when they spotted a pair of Paredes’s workers on a ladder-jack scaffold without guardrails at a North Smithfield, Rhode Island job site.
The men had no protective gear to keep them from falling 16 feet to the ground, they said.
The inspectors said they pulled over, ordered the employees off the scaffold and began an inspection which resulted in a determination of “clear-and-present danger.”
“These employees could have fallen at any time and been killed or disabled,” said OSHA Area Director Patrick Griffin.
“Ivan Paredes knew of this hazard, but chose to ignore it and his legal responsibility to protect his employees.”
Paredes could not be reached for comment.
He was cited for a willful violation of worker safety standards and faces a $70,000 fine, the maximum allowed under the law, officials said.
He was also fined $2,800 for not having his employees use an access ladder to reach the scaffold’s work platform safely.
Paredes has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.