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Region 2 News Release: 10-1255-NEW/BOS 2010-390
Mon., Sept. 13, 2010
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074
E-mail: fitzgerald.edmund@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA proposes $225,200 in fines against Long Island, NY,
contractor for scaffold and fall hazards at 2 jobsites

WESTBURY, N.Y. - A Ronkonkoma, N.Y., painting and stucco contractor faces a total of $225,200 in proposed fines from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for failing to properly erect scaffolds and provide fall protection for its workers at two Kings Point, N.Y., jobsites.

Painting and Decorating Inc. was cited for a total of 15 alleged willful, repeat and serious violations of workplace safety standards following OSHA inspections of jobsites located at 20 Lighthouse Road and 9 Briar Lane. Both inspections were opened when OSHA inspectors observed clearly recognized fall hazards while driving by the jobsites.

"These sizable fines reflect both the gravity of the cited hazards and this employer's prior history of similar violations," said Anthony Ciuffo, OSHA's Long Island area director in Westbury "Scaffolds must be properly erected and fall protection provided to employees when they work on scaffolds at heights of 10 feet or more, yet this employer has repeatedly neglected to implement these basic, commonsense and legally required safeguards."

Painting and Decorating Inc. was issued eight willful citations with $200,000 in fines for not fully planking scaffolds, providing an access ladder, ensuring scaffolds rested on base plates and providing fall protection at both jobsites. Six serious citations with $5,200 in fines were issued for missing railings, toeboards and bracing at both jobsites. The contractor was issued one repeat citation with a $20,000 fine for not training workers at the Briar Lane jobsite on scaffolding assembly and work.

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