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Region 2 News Release: 12-109-NEW (osha 12-015)
Feb. 6, 2012
Contact: Leni Fortson      Joanna Hawkins
Phone: 215-861-5102      215-861-5101
Email: uddyback-fortson.lenore@dol.gov      hawkins.joanna@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Clara Construction
in Jersey City, NJ, for exposing workers to fall hazards

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Clara Construction LLC for one repeat and 10 serious safety violations at a Jersey City work site. These carry total proposed penalties of $46,200. OSHA initiated an inspection as part of a local emphasis program for fall hazards.

"Falls remain one of the leading causes of fatalities on construction sites," said Kris Hoffman, director of OSHA's Parsippany Area Office. "Employers are responsible for providing workers with basic fall protection to prevent potential injuries."

The repeat violation, with a $9,240 penalty, is failing to protect workers from fall hazards. 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 company was cited for the same violation in 2010.

The serious violations, with $36,960 in penalties, include failing to protect workers from fall and impalement hazards, ensure scaffold platforms were laid correctly, provide proper ladder rung construction, make sure guardrails were at sufficient heights and makeshift devices were not created to increase platform height, inspect scaffolds, provide proper scaffold training, provide guardrails near wall holes and provide protection around surface holes. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical har