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Region 7 News Release: 11-636-KAN
May 5, 2011
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: 303-844-1302
Email: kulczewski.richard@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Keystone Stucco
construction contractor in Olathe, Kan.
Employees exposed to fall hazards while accessing and working from a scaffold

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Keystone Stucco Inc. of Olathe, Kan., for two repeat and one serious violation based on a December 2010 inspection in which employees were observed working from scaffolding without proper fall protection. The agency has proposed a total of $147,000 in penalties.

"There is no excuse for employees to be exposed to such hazards. Scaffold accidents are a leading cause of construction-related injuries and fatalities," said Charles Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City, Mo. "It is imperative that employers take the necessary steps to eliminate hazards and provide a safe working environment for all of their employees."

The company's repeat violations are similar to others previously cited for lack of safe access and egress to a scaffold structure, and not protecting employees from falls when working at heights from a scaffold structure. A repeat violation exists 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.

The serious violation addresses hazards associated with improper use of a portable ladder and a failure to adequately train personnel in ladder use. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Information about fall hazards and safeguards is available on OSHA