The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Burlington, N.J., based RPK Construction Inc. for three safety violations - including one willful - that occurred at a work site in Medford. OSHA's February inspection was initiated under the agency's local emphasis program on falls in construction. Proposed penalties total $20,680.
The willful violation, which carries a $15,400 penalty, was cited for the company's failure to provide fall protection for employees exposed to fall hazards while performing framing and other carpentry-related activities in excess of 10 feet above the ground. 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.
Two serious citations, with $5,280 in penalties, were due to electrical equipment that was damaged and utilized without grounding pins. A serious citation is issued when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result and the employer knew, or should have known, of the hazard.
RPK Construction Inc. has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with the OSHA area director in Marlton, or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
OSHA has created a Stop Falls Web page with detailed information in English and Spanish on fall protection standards. The page offers fact sheets, posters and videos that vividly illustrate various fall hazards and appropriate preventive measures.