OSHA issues citations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited four New Jersey contractors working on a 20-story building in Jersey City, N.J., for exposing workers to fall hazards. The citations were issued following a December 2011 inspection during which inspectors observed employees working on the fourth floor without personal fall protection or fall-protection systems. Altura Concrete Inc., Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.; Nathil Corp., Hasbrouck Heights; White Diamonds Properties LLC, Jersey City; and Blade Contracting Inc., Jersey City, face total proposed fines of $463,350.

Altura Concrete and Nathil directed 75 employees on-site. The companies have been cited for five willful violations—including four instance-by-instance violations—for failing to protect workers from fall hazards created by open sides and edges on the fourth, sixth, seventh, eighth, 10th and 13th floors, as well as from fall hazards created by misusing self-supporting stepladders. The citations carry $315,000 in penalties.

The companies also have received citations for nine serious violations, including failing to provide personal protective equipment; provide a cap for an acetylene tank in storage; store cylinders in an upright position; separate oxygen and acetylene tanks; provide fall protection for workers installing ribs; provide protection from protruding rebar; maintain shoring and reshoring plans on-site; provide railings on stairs; protect workers from fall hazards created by open holes; secure the cover over a floor hole and mark the floor hole cover. The citations carry $40,500 in penalties.