“This tragedy could have been prevented if Everest Scaffolding had provided appropriate training on fall hazards and ensured workers were using fall protection correctly,” said OSHA Area Director Kay Gee in Manhattan.
According to a press release, OSHA proposed= $300,370 in penalties for two willful and two serious safety violations. The agency found that the company:
- Failed to evaluate the feasibility of using fall protection and failed to use feasible fall protection during the erection of a supported scaffold.
- Did not properly train employees on fall hazards associated with scaffold work.
- Failed to inspect fall arrest systems before use.
- Did not determine if the anchorage for employees' personal fall arrest systems could support at least 5,000 pounds.
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