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Region 2 News Release: 10-1557-PHI
Nov. 18, 2010
Contact: Leni Fortson     Joanna Hawkins
Phone: 215-861-5102     215-861-5101
E-mail: uddyback-fortson.lenore@dol.gov     hawkins.joanna@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Wayne, NJ, stucco contractor with $61,600 in
fines for repeated worker exposure to fall hazards at Staten Island, NY, worksite
Company added to Severe Violator Enforcement Program

WAYNE, N.J. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Exterior Stucco Systems Inc. of Wayne with five repeat safety violations involving fall hazards at a Staten Island, N.Y., worksite. Proposed penalties total $61,600.

OSHA initiated an inspection of the site on Sept. 1 as part of a local emphasis program focused on fall hazards in construction. As a result, the company received citations for failing to maintain a safety program, fully plank scaffold platforms, provide a ladder for safe scaffold access, remove and replace damaged scaffold components, and properly brace scaffolds with cross braces.

A repeat violation is issued when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. Due to the number of repeat violations cited, the company has been added to the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

Initiated in June 2010, SVEP is intended to focus OSHA enforcement resources on recalcitrant employers that endanger workers by demonstrating indifference to their responsibilities under the law by committing willful, repeated or failure-to-abate violations in one or more of the following circumstances: a fatality or catastrophe; industry operations or processes that expose workers