The construction industry knows it’s a frequent OSHA target. Now we know that darkness won’t keep OSHA inspectors from their rounds.
The agency has cited Sealcoating, Inc., of Hingham, MA, for $38,100 in violations after a nighttime inspection on its bridge restoration work.
The contractor was cited for 11 alleged repeat and serious violations as part of OSHA’s Boston North Area Office’s efforts to inspect construction projects where silica is generated.
“Employers should not assume that OSHA will not conduct inspections because much of their work is done at night,” said Paul Mangiafico, an OSHA area director.
Among the citations:
- employees exposed to excess silica levels while jack hammering concrete
- no controls to lower exposure levels
- failure to evaluate employees’ exposure levels
- inadequate respirator protection program and training, and
- no fit-testing of respirators.
The company has 15 days to decide whether to appeal the citations.