The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is responsible for holding employers responsible when they put their employees in danger. This month, OSHA issued 15 citations to Painting and Decorating, Inc. The New York painting and stucco company has been fined in the past, and now faces $225,200 in new proposed fines.
Employers are required to take reasonable steps to protect their employees from unsafe working conditions. When they fail to do so, employees can suffer serious workplace injuries. In the case of Painting and Decorating, Inc., construction accidents could cause serious harm to employees.
OSHA inspectors found that Painting and Decorating, Inc. exhibited "plain indifference or intentional disregard" for employee safety. They also determined that employers either knew or should have known about the serious violations that could have led to serious injuries or wrongful death of employees.
In 2007 and 2007, Painting and Decorating, Inc. was accused of serious workplace safety violations. Now, they are facing similar citations. OSHA issued 15 citations after inspectors noticed flagrant problems while driving past two worksites. The company faces:
- 8 citations for willful violations, including failure to fully plank scaffolding and not providing fall protection.
- 6 citations for serious violations, including missing railings on scaffolding
- 1 citation for a repeat violation for failure to train workers to assemble and use scaffolding properly
Together, the citations carry more than $220,000 in proposed fines. The New York area director of OSHA said that "these sizeable fines reflect both the gravity of the cited hazards and this employer's prior history of similar violations."
Source: Occupational Health & Safety, "Painting Contractor Fined $225,200 for Scaffold, Fall Hazards," 15 Sept 2010