California Fines Contractor after Worker Seriously Injured in Fall

Originally published by: OSHA QuickTakesApril 4, 2019

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California OSHA issued four citations and $75,750 in penalties to Accurate Comfort Systems Inc. after a worker suffered serious injuries in a fall from a 12-foot-high work area. Inspectors determined that the company allowed workers to stand on the ladder's top cap, and failed to ensure the ladder was secured and extended to the appropriate distance. The company was previously cited for these violations in 2017.

Editor’s Note: As previously reported, the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017) underscore the ongoing need for consistent fall prevention training as falls continue to be the leading cause of workplace fatalities, the number of fall fatalities increased, and the construction industry had the highest number of workplace fatalities. OSHA’s annual Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction is a great opportunity for framers to target this topic specifically to reinforce safety best practices when working at heights. Start planning now for this year’s event coming up May 6-10, 2019. Learn more and get involved!