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Region 4 News Release: 10-1113-ATL (497)
Aug. 26, 2010
Contact: Michael D'Aquino
Email: D'Aquino.Michael@dol.gov
Phone: 404-562-2076

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Asphalt Paving Specialists
for willful and serious safety violations after injuring a worker

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Asphalt Paving Specialists Inc. for alleged safety violations resulting in an employee being injured at its Davie, Fla., worksite in March. Penalties total $62,200.

The incident occurred when an employee operating a tractor struck another worker who was digging a shallow ditch. The injured worker was hospitalized and has since returned to work.

Asphalt Paving Specialists, based in Hollywood, Fla., is receiving one willful citation with a proposed penalty of $49,000 for failing to provide a reverse signal alarm on the equipment that struck and pinned the employee while backing up. The tractor has not had an operational reverse signal for approximately two years. OSHA defines a willful violation as one committed with plain indifference to or intentional disregard for employee safety and health.

The company also has been cited with 10 serious violations and proposed penalties of $13,200 for failing to train workers in the recognition and avoidance of hazards. Other violations include a lack of eye protection while working near chemicals; exposing workers to accumulation of materials that could result in tripping, fire or an explosion; failing to provide a fire extinguisher within 50 feet of flammable and combustible material; operating trucks with inoperative safety devices; and failing to develop or maintain a hazard communications program. A serious citation is issued when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard