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Region 1 News Release: 10-1052-BOS/BOS 2010-329
Thurs., July 29, 2010
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074
Email: fitzgerald.edmund@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Fall River, Mass., contractor
for fall, scaffolding and electrical hazards at East Providence, RI, jobsite

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed a total of $60,000 in fines against Homeland Builders Inc., a Fall River, Mass., contractor, for alleged repeat and serious violations of workplace safety standards following the agency's inspection of an East Providence, R.I., jobsite.

OSHA inspectors driving by a building under construction at 295 Willett Ave. observed Homeland Builders workers exposed to apparent fall hazards and opened an inspection on the spot. OSHA found that the scaffold on which the employees were working lacked adequate guardrails and a safe means of access, and one leg of the scaffold was not set on a firm foundation, exposing workers to falls of up to 12 feet to the ground. In addition, the workers lacked eye and head protection, were using an unguarded grinder, and were exposed to electric shock hazards from cut and frayed electrical cords and ungrounded cords and equipment.

"These workers faced potential death or serious injury from these conditions, several of which were similar to those for which OSHA cited this employer in the past," said Patrick Griffin, OSHA's area director for Rhode Island. "While it is fortunate that no one was injured here, good luck is never an acceptable worker safeguard. For the safety and well-being of its workers, this employer must take effective, ongoing action to prevent these hazards from recurring."

As a result of its findings, OSHA has issued Homeland Builders three repeat citations with