OSHA has cited RCP Services Inc. of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., for nine safety violations while performing concrete work at a residential apartment complex on Big Island Drive in Jacksonville, Fla. Proposed penalties total $47,000.
One willful violation is for allowing employees to work on elevated surfaces without fall protection. The citation carries a $35,000 penalty. A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.
Eight serious violations involve exposed and protruding rebar, a lack of eye and face protection, using a welding cable that required repair, using a damaged extension cord, exposing workers to falling objects, not maintaining fire extinguishing equipment and having unprotected holes in the floor that could cause workers to trip or fall. The citations carry $12,000 in penalties. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
OSHA has created a fall prevention Web page – http://www.osha.gov/stopfalls – that offers fact sheets, posters and videos.
RCP Services specializes in tunnel form construction.