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Region 2 News Release: 11-1288-NEW (osha 11-95)
Aug. 31, 2011
Contact: Leni Fortson   Joanna Hawkins
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US Labor Department's OSHA secures federal court order and injunction
to protect workers on West Windsor, NJ, construction site
Sousa Contractors repeatedly placed workers in imminent danger of fall hazards

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has secured a consent order and injunction requiring Sousa Contractors Inc. to comply with OSHA regulations at a West Windsor construction site by providing fall protection equipment to employees working from heights of 6 feet or greater as well as proper scaffolding for employees who are installing roof trusses.

OSHA cited the Sayreville-based general contractor in June for exposing employees to fall hazards and proposed $107,900 in penalties. Subsequently, inspectors repeatedly observed workers placed in imminent danger – one that could reasonably be expected to cause death or serious physical harm – while installing roof trusses approximately 35 feet above the ground without any fall protection.

"OSHA sought this order and injunction to protect the employees of Sousa Contractors from potentially deadly fall hazards," said Paula Dixon-Roderick, director of OSHA's Marlton Area Office. "Falls pose a major threat to construction workers and must be taken seriously by employers."

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the order and injunction also require the company to retain an independent safety consultant with substantial construction experience throughout the duration of the work at the West Windsor site; have a foreman, manager or cons