Glass & Mirror Fined $89,000 by OSHA for Fall Hazards at Downtown
Buffalo, N.Y., Building
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) has proposed $89,000 in fines against Ajay Glass & Mirror
Co. Inc. of Manchester, N.Y., for allegedly exposing employees to
falls of up to 50 feet at a Buffalo worksite.
OSHA began its inspection after one of its officials observed Ajay
Glass & Mirror employees working without fall protection on
the unprotected edge of the fifth floor level of the former Dulski
Building in Buffalo, N.Y. The inspection found employees working
without the use of a personal fall arrest system or working with
their safety lifelines tied off to an anchorage point that was inadequate
to restrict falls to 6 feet or less.
At press time, Ajay Glass & Mirror had not responded to USGNN.com's
request for a comment.
"These employees were just one misstep or tumble away from
a fatal or disabling plunge," said Arthur Dube, OSHA's area
director in Buffalo. "While they're lucky they didn't fall,
worker safety must not and can never be a matter of luck. Basic
and effective fall protection safeguards must be in place and in
use at all times."
As a result, OSHA has issued the company one willful citation with
a proposed fine of $63,000 for the lack of fall protection. OSHA
defines a willful violation as one committed with plain indifference
to or intentional disregard for employee safety and health.
Nine serious citations, with $26,000 in fines, have been issued
to the company for the inadequate anchorage, lack of fall protection
training and failure to have the anchorage points designed, installed
or overseen by a competent person; unsecured and unmarked coverings
for floor holes on the fourth floor level; slack and unmarked perimeter
cables; and not barricading the area beneath a scaffold. OSHA issues
serious citations when death or serious physical harm is likely
to result from hazards about which the employer knew or should have
"One means of preventing hazards such as these is to establish
an effective safety and health management system through which employers
and employees can systematically evaluate, identify and eliminate
hazardous conditions," said Dube.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the failure to
abate notices to meet with OSHA or to contest them before the independent
Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
When it comes to jobsite safety, following proper regulations is
of critical importance for every construction trade. According to
OSHA's Fall Protection in Construction booklet each year,
on average, between 150 and 200 workers are killed and more than
100,000 are injured as a result of falls at construction sites.
To try and best ensure jobsite safety, OSHA created a fall protection
standard. Some of the steps both employers and employees should
- Where protection is required, select fall protection systems
appropriate for given situations;
- Use proper construction and installation of safety systems;
- Supervise employees properly;
- Use safe work procedures; and
- Train workers in the proper selection, use and maintenance of
fall protection systems.
HERE to download a copy of OSHA's Fall Protection in Construction
OSHA also offers a website about preventing falls on construction
HERE to visit that site.
HERE to read a related article about construction site falls.
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