Braced for a Fall: OSHA Says Ohio Construction Company Puts Workers at Risk, Fines It $121K

If you operate a business where employees are at regular risk of falling down, take note of what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration found was going on with an Ohio construction company.

OSHA said it cited Winesburg Builders, Ltd., for repeated safety violations in West Virginia building projects.  According to workplace inspectors, workers were exposed to falls as high as 22 feet without protection while performing roofing and framing work on a new construction project.

OSHA opened an inspection under the agency’s regional emphasis program on falls. Once on site, inspectors found other workers exposed to falls 11 feet high without fall protection. The company was cited for those hazards. Citations were also issued for the company’s failure to guard window and stairway openings

In all, OSHA assessed $121,000 in fines against Winesburg.

This company is a particularly bad actor. The Ohio builder has an extensive OSHA history, with inspections in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. From February 2008 to October 2014, OSHA cited the company for more than 22 violations related to fall hazards.

This doesn’t have to be you! Read up on OSHA’s fall prevention campaign tion proto avoid becoming a cited company.

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