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Region 1 News Release: 08-875-BOS/BOS 2008-200
Tues., July 15, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074


New Britain, Conn., contractor faces $140,000 in U.S. Labor Department OSHA fines for fall hazards at two Connecticut worksites
BMA General Contractors LLC cited for similar hazards in 2006 and 2007

HARTFORD, Conn. - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a New Britain, Conn., contractor for 15 alleged repeat and serious violations of safety standards following OSHA inspections at worksites in Danielson and Newington, Conn. BMA General Contractors LLC faces a total of $140,000 in fines for failing to protect employees against potentially fatal falls and electrocution hazards.

OSHA found employees at both locations exposed to falls of 19 to 29 feet while working on scaffolds and atop roofs without fall protection equipment or training. At the Danielson location, employees faced additional fall hazards from using ladders that did not extend at least three feet above the scaffold platform.

OSHA had cited BMA in 2006 and 2007 for similar hazards at worksites in Glastonbury and Norwich, Conn. As a result, OSHA issued BMA seven repeat citations, carrying $100,000 in proposed penalties, for the conditions found at the Danielson and Newington worksites.

"Falls are the most frequent cause of death in construction, and there is no justification for an employer's repeated failure to ensure that employees have the knowledge, training and equipment to