Florida Contractor Cited for Exposing Workers to Dangerous Falls During Framing Work

M. Durrance Construction Inc. has been cited three times since 2010 for lack of fall protection

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The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited M. Durrance Construction Inc. of Jacksonville, Fla., for exposing workers to dangerous falls during framing work at a residence on Hawthorn Way in Orange Park. The October 2014 inspection was initiated as part of the agency's Regional Emphasis Program on Falls in Construction. OSHA has cited the company three times since 2010 for lack of fall protection. Most recently, OSHA issued M. Durrance a willful citation for failure to provide workers with fall protection at a work site in October 2013.

OSHA issued one willful citation, with a $53,900 penalty, for allowing employees to conduct roofing operations on a pitched structure without fall protection. This exposed workers to falls of up to 16 feet. 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.

M. Durrance, a framing and siding contractor, was under contract with Lever Rock Construction to build a single-family residence in the Oakleaf Plantation subdivision. M. Durrance has 15 business days from receipt of the citation and proposed penalty to comply, request a conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.