Jan. 31, 2018
PIKE ROAD, AL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited an Auburn-based framing contractor for exposing employees to fall and eye safety hazards. The company, Omar Garcia, faces proposed penalties of $113,073.
OSHA initiated an inspection after observing employees performing residential framing work without fall protection. The Agency issued one willful citation to Omar Garcia for failing to require employees to use fall protection, and one serious citation for allowing employees to use automatic nail guns without proper eye protection. The inspection was part of OSHA’s Regional Emphasis Program for Falls in Construction. Omar Garcia has been cited five times since 2015 for failing to provide fall protection.
“This company’s continual disregard of OSHA standards is putting employees at risk of serious injury,” said OSHA Mobile Area Office Director Joseph Roesler. “Employers must ensure that all required protections are implemented to ensure worker safety.”
Omar Garcia has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.