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Region 1 News Release: 11-123-BOS/BOS 2011-035
Feb. 4, 2011
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074
E-mail: fitzgerald.edmund@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Dracut, Mass., contractor, proposes
nearly $54,000 in fines for fall hazards at Tewksbury, Mass., jobsite

ANDOVER, Mass. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Georgoulis Construction Inc. for alleged willful and serious violations of safety standards for fall hazards at a Tewksbury worksite. The Dracut roofing contractor faces a total of $53,900 in proposed fines.

The citations and penalties stem from an OSHA inspection opened Nov. 10, 2010. An OSHA inspector en route to his office observed employees exposed to apparent fall hazards while driving by 279 Chandler St. An inspection was opened on the spot. OSHA found Georgoulis employees exposed to falls while working atop a roof greater than 6 feet without any fall protection. They were exposed to an additional fall hazard while accessing the roof by using a ladder that did not extend at least 3 feet above the landing surface for required stability.

"The size of this penalty reflects the gravity of the hazard and the employer's knowledge of its existence," said Jeffery A. Erskine, OSHA's area director for Middlesex and Essex counties. "A fall can occur in seconds but the resulting injuries can be permanent or end a life. There's no reason for failing to provide this essential and legally required safeguard for workers."

As a result of its inspection, OSHA has issued Georgoulis Construction one willful citation with a $49,000 fine for the lack of fall protection and one serious citation with a fine of $4,900 for the ladder hazard. A willful violation exists when an employer has demonstrated either an intentional disregard for the requirements of the law or plain in