A Georgia contractor is facing $130,500 in fines after seven different inspections over the course of five years found the company putting workers at risk of potentially fatal falls. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited MMC Construction LLC, located in Dacula, Ga., for failing to protect workers from fall hazards while working from heights as high as 13 feet on a work site in Montgomery.
OSHA says that workers were working on the second level of a scaffold without guard rails. MMC also didn’t require the use of a ladder or other safe means to access the scaffold, according to OSHA. Joseph Roesler, OSHA’s area director in Mobile, said in a statement:
MMC Construction’s continued refusal to comply with OSHA safety standards is putting its employees in serious and potentially fatal danger. Falls are a leading cause of death in the construction industry. OSHA remains committed to holding employers accountable for ensuring all workers are protected.
In the last five years, OSHA has inspected MMC, which has 10 employees, six other times. Each time, the agency cited the company for violating scaffold standards. The citation was issued for an inspection site on 1470 Taylor Road in Montgomery. MMC had 15 business dates from the citation to comply or contest the findings.
Source: Kelly Poe at AL.com
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