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Region 1 News Release: 08-1512-BOS/BOS 2008-311
Mon., Oct. 27, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074

U.S. Labor Department's OSHA proposes $55,600 in fines against Marshfield, Mass., contractor following employee fall at Pembroke, Mass., jobsite

BRAINTREE, Mass. - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a Marshfield, Mass., steel erection contractor for a total of 14 alleged willful and serious violations of safety standards after an employee fell 20 feet at a Pembroke, Mass., jobsite on June 12. Brian Barnes, doing business as Barco Metal Fabrication, faces a total of $55,600 in proposed fines following an OSHA inspection opened the day of the accident.

OSHA's inspection found employees at the 130 Corporate Park Drive jobsite performing steel erection work at heights of 20 feet without effective fall protection. OSHA's steel erection standard requires that an effective form of fall protection, such as safety belts and lanyards, guardrails or safety nets, be in place and in use.

In this case, the absence of such safeguards resulted in OSHA issuing Barco one willful citation, with a proposed fine of $28,000. OSHA defines a willful violation as one committed with plain indifference to or intentional disregard for employee safety and health.

"Employees are just one step away from possible death or disabling injuries when fall protection is lacking," said Brenda Gordon, OSHA's area director in Braintree.