Occupational Safety & Health Administration

Construction Worker Fell 45 Feet During Steel Erection, OSHA Cites Company

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Keyport-based Shamrock Construction Group Inc. for an alleged repeat violation found while workers were engaged in the construction of a new commercial facility in Jersey City. OSHA's June investigation began in response to a referral from the Jersey City Police Department after a construction worker fell approximately 45 feet while performing steel erection.

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Carrying a proposed penalty of $53,900, the repeat violation involves the company's failure to protect a worker from fall hazards while engaged in decking. A similar violation was cited in 2007 and 2012. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.

OSHA has created a Stop Falls Web page at http://www.osha.gov/stopfalls 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.

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Shamrock Construction Group has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with the OSHA area director in Parsippany, or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint, or report workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency's Parsippany Area Office at 973-263-1003.