Masonry Contractor, Cited 41 Times Since 2011, Faces $345K Fine

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By Lars-Eric Hedberg

Nov. 29 — A Pennsylvania masonry contractor faces almost $345,000 in fines after exposing employees to scaffolding hazards on Philadelphia worksites, according to OSHA, which has cited the company 41 times since 2011.

An administrative law judge affirmed six willful and three repeat citations that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued to J.C. Stucco and Stone in September 2014 and February 2015, according to a Nov. 23 statement. Two complaints regarding imminent danger at the Philadelphia worksites prompted OSHA to inspect the sites twice in 2014.

OSHA placed the company in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program in 2011 because of its repeated violations. Under the program, OSHA focuses on inspecting employees who have shown indifference to the Occupations Safety and Health Act through willful or repeated violations.

Although the parties entered into a settlement agreement on the citations, J.C. Stucco contested the penalties before the ALJ.

The ALJ decision will become final unless one of the parties asks the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission to direct it for review, and the review commission accepts the case.

To contact the reporter on this story: Lars-Eric Hedberg in Washington, D.C. at lhedberg@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Larry Pearl at lpearl@bna.com

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