May 29, 2019
NAPLES, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited four Florida-based residential construction contractors for exposing employees to safety hazards at a Naples, Florida, worksite. The four companies received 12 citations collectively, totaling $220,114 in proposed penalties.
An employee suffered serious injuries after a fall at the Avery Square residential construction site. In conjunction with the Agency’s Regional Emphasis Program on Falls in Construction, OSHA conducted an inspection with the injured worker’s employer, Southern Living Contractors Inc. OSHA cited the company for failing to provide fall protection to employees engaged in roofing activities.
Inspectors witnessed several other safety hazards associated with other contractors at the site. OSHA cited Crown Roofing LLC for failing to provide fall protection, improper use of a ladder, and exposing employees to struck-by hazards from falling construction debris.
OSHA also cited Paramount Drywall Inc. – operating as Paramount Stucco LLC – for exposing employees to fall hazards, failing to provide fall protection, and permitting employees to climb the scaffold frame instead of an approved ladder to access the work platform.
Additionally, OSHA cited Sunny Grove Landscaping and Nursery Inc. for exposing employees to struck-by hazards from falling debris.
The companies have 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 American working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov.