New Jersey Stucco Contractor Cited for Repeat Scaffold Violations

A Wayne, New Jersey, stucco contracting company has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration with a number of repeat safety violations. A repeat violation is given when an employer has been cited for a similar violation within five years of a current violation. The Wayne contractor received five repeat violations recently and was placed on the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

An OSHA investigation and an on-site inspection in September reportedly revealed scaffold fall hazards at a Staten Island New York work site. The contracting company was issued citations after the inspection for failing to maintain a safety program, failing to fully plank scaffold platforms, failing to provide a ladder for scaffold access, failing to remove and replace damaged scaffold parts and failing to properly brace scaffolds at the worksite.

New Jersey work injury attorneys know that scaffold falls and scaffold collapses can lead to debilitating injuries due to the heights involved. Patricia Jones, director of the OSHA office in Avenel, New Jersey, says the company’s “refusal to implement the proper fall protections leaves workers at risk of an accident and possible death.”

OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) began earlier this year. The program replaces the Enhanced Enforcement Program.

SVEP focuses on recalcitrant employers who show indifference to worker safety rules and regulations that endanger workers through willful or repeated violations. The program also recognizes situations where employers fail to abate hazards. Severe violator cases include mandatory follow-up inspections, according to OSHA.

SVEP focuses on high emphasis hazards including fall hazards and certain hazards identified in National Emphasis Programs. The National Emphasis Program list includes hazards such as amputations, combustible dust, crystalline silica, trenching hazards and hazards related to lead, according to OSHA.

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