An Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission judge affirmed multiple citations and a total of $45,000 in fines against a New Jersey contractor accused of exposing workers to fall and other safety hazards.
One citation was amended from being categorized as a repeat violation to being willful with a penalty that increased from $8,000 to more than $29,000, which the judge also affirmed.
Framing Specialist Inc. was ordered to pay a total of $45,590 for violations found at two separate worksites, according to a Department of Labor news release.
OSHA inspected a Framing Specialist worksite in December 2019 and issued citations for failing to provide fall protection, allowing unsafe use of ladders and failure to ensure employees wore eye protection.
The citations were for one repeat and three serious violations with a proposed fine of $15,904.
An inspection at a second worksite in February 2020 found the company facing another citation for a repeat violation of failure to provide fall protection, with a proposed penalty of $8,096, which was later amended to a willful violation with a $29,686 fine.