July 3, 2018
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Bluewater Construction Solutions Inc. for exposing employees to dangerous falls at two south Florida worksites. The Melbourne, Florida-based residential framing contractor faces proposed penalties of $48,778.
OSHA cited the contractor for failing to use a guardrail, safety net, or personal fall arrest systems. The inspections were part of the Agency’s Regional Emphasis Program for Falls in Construction.
“Employers are required to install fall protection systems when employees work at heights of 6 feet or above,” said OSHA Fort Lauderdale Area Office Director Condell Eastmond. “This employer is putting workers at risk of serious injury by failing to comply with these standards.”
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the 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 https://www.osha.gov.