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Region 10 News Release: 08-175-SAN (SF-15)
Feb. 13, 2008
Contact: Roger Gayman
Phone: 415-625-2631


U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA fines Musung Corp. more than $59,000 for safety violations

SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Musung Corp. for alleged safety violations at the Ace Plaza commercial building construction site in Garapan, Saipan, and proposed $59,400 in penalties.

OSHA cited the company for an alleged willful violation following a planned inspection at the worksite on August 27, 2007, and assessed a proposed penalty of $42,000 for failing to provide fall protection for employees working on scaffolds 15 feet above the ground. OSHA cited the construction company seven times between 2001 and 2005 for violations of the fall protection standards. A willful violation is one committed with intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

"Musung's safety history and the facts surrounding the current inspection indicate that the employer willfully violated fall protection regulations," said Teresa Harrison, OSHA's acting regional administrator in San Francisco. "These violations had the potential of resulting in the death or serious injury of one or more of the company's employees."

OSHA cited the company for four alleged serious violations and proposed a $4,200 penalty for failing to fully plank scaffold platforms to prevent falls; a $4,200 penalty for failure to provide fall protection training; a $4,200 penalty for failing to provide ladders extending three feet above the upper landing level; and a