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Region 10 News Release 10-987-SEA (10-236)
Aug. 3, 2010
Contact: Michael Shimizu or Jeannine Lupton
Phone: 206-553-7620

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Cannon Builders with nearly $128,000
in proposed penalties for endangering workers at Hansen, Idaho, worksite

SEATTLE - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Cannon Builders Inc. of Blackfoot, Idaho, for multiple workplace safety hazards at its Hansen, Idaho, worksite. The citations carry proposed penalties of $127,800.

"Cannon Builders knew that its employees were exposed to fall hazards, yet made a conscious decision to disregard OSHA's requirements for fall protection," said Dean Ikeda, OSHA's acting regional administrator in Seattle. "The company also failed to require the wearing of reflective vests in high automobile traffic areas, despite a heightened awareness of the need for such protective gear."

OSHA's investigation found two alleged willful violations, 11 alleged serious violations, two alleged repeat citations and three alleged other-than-serious violations.

The willful violations involve the employer's failure to provide and enforce the wearing of high visibility vests by employees working on heavily traveled roadways, and to provide adequate fall protection for employees. OSHA issues a willful citation when an employer exhibits plain indifference to, or intentional disregard for, employee safety and health.

The serious violations are related to failing to provide hazard recognition instruction, housekeeping of work and storage areas, proper handling and storage of compressed gas cylinders and welding equipment, stable access to elevated work areas, a properly designed horizontal lifeline system, proper anchorage for fall protection, safe egress from deep excavations, a means to keep materials and equipment