A New Jersey construction company owner with a long history of workplace safety violations was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for exposing workers to serious scaffold hazards at a job site in Philadelphia - again.
OSHA inspectors responded to a complaint of unsafe working conditions at DH Construction LLC., and discovered employees doing masonry and bricklaying while working on a scaffold that was dangerously close to power lines in March.
The owner, Vyacheslav Leshko, now faces $191,215 in proposed penalties. Leshko also does business under the name of T&S Masonry, LLC and was cited in late 2014 for again failing to protect his workers from electrical hazard.
In total, Leshko has been cited for eight repeat and two serious violations for exposing workers to fall and electrical hazards, failing to train employees on scaffold hazards, failing to develop and implement an accident prevention program, and not providing employees with hard hats.
“Scaffolding hazards continue to be one of OSHA's most frequently cited violations. These well-known scaffold hazards could have been avoided if basic safety practices were implemented,” said OSHA Area Director Theresa Downs, in Philadelphia.
Leshko was also cited in 2014 for similar violations at worksites for his other company. Here's the list:
The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.