OSHA cites construction company for several violations

Burgos Construction Corp., Tampa, Fla., has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for four willful, one repeat and two serious safety violations after OSHA inspectors observed workers performing residential construction without fall-protection systems at four work sites in the Florida cities of Land O'Lakes, Lithia, Riverview and Tampa.

The inspections began in January as part of the agency's Regional Emphasis Program on Falls in Construction. Proposed penalties total $228,690. Burgos Construction was established in 2012 and has been inspected by OSHA eight times during the past two years.

"Burgos Construction has been cited seven times in the past two years for not providing fall protection for its employees engaged in residential construction. Company officials are fully aware of the fall-protection requirements," says Les Grove, OSHA's Tampa-area director. "Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. Allowing workers exposure to a fatal fall or serious injury demonstrates the employer's lack of commitment to worker safety."