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Region 5 News Release: 12-24-CHI
Jan. 18, 2012
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone: 312-353-6976      312-353-6976
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites steel and concrete erector in Toledo,
Ohio, with repeat violations for failing to provide fall protection to workers

TOLEDO, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Henry Gurtzweiler Inc. with six safety violations at a job site in Oregon, Ohio, including two repeat violations for failing to provide fall protection during steel erection operations and allowing workers to climb out of an aerial lift. Proposed fines total $50,820.

The inspection was initiated Nov. 16 under OSHA's National Emphasis Program for Fall Protection after the agency received a complaint alleging fall protection was not being used on the job site. 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. Similar violations were cited in 2008 and 2010.

"Falls are a known safety hazard during steel erection operations and the leading cause of death in the construction industry. Failing to provide fall protection for workers performing this hazardous job is unacceptable," said Kim Nelson, OSHA's area director in Toledo. "Employers cited for repeat violations demonstrate a lack of commitment to employee safety and health."

Additionally, three serious violations involve failing to require the use of safety glasses while using powered tools, using a powered industrial vehicle without a vertical load back rest extension while loading insulation rolls and failing to train workers on fall hazards associated with steel erection. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability th