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Region 4 News Release: 14-1209-ATL (172)
July 02, 2014
Contact: Michael D'Aquino    Lindsay Williams
Phone:     678-237-0630
Email: d'aquino.michael@dol.gov    williams.lindsay.l@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites JA Siding Construction Services for
repeat and serious safety violations for exposing workers to fall hazards

SMYRNA, Ga. – Jose M. Hernandez Cruz, doing business as JA Siding Construction Services LLC, of Marietta, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for three repeat and four serious safety violations. Citations were issued to the employer for exposing workers to falls and other hazards while employees were installing siding at a new residence on Westwood Road SE in Smyrna. OSHA began its inspection in February 2014 as part of the region's emphasis program on falls in construction. Penalties total $42,240.

"It is unacceptable that the employer continues to violate OSHA standards by exposing workers to serious fall and other hazards," said Christi Griffin, director of OSHA's Atlanta-West Area Office. "Falls are the leading cause of death in construction, and repeat violations demonstrate the employer's lack of commitment to safety and to the lives of its workers. The employer must take corrective action immediately."

The employer was cited for repeat violations for failing to ensure employees working on scaffolding systems more than 10 feet above the ground were protected from falls; to provide workers with fall protection systems; and to secure the scaffolding system to a base structure. OSHA proposes $32,560 in penalties for the repeat violations. 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 facility in federal enforcement states within the last five y