Thursday, September 16, 2010

Painting and Decorating Inc. Fined Again for Scaffold Violations

Proper scaffold construction starts on the ground in the first bay.  If the first bay is plumb and level, the rest of scaffold will follow. 
Painting & Decorating Inc. was in the news again for scaffold violations. The painting and stucco contractor continues to have problems properly erecting scaffolds and providing fall protection for its workers. The violations stem from two Kings Point, New York job sites.

Painting & Decorating Inc. was issued eight willful citations with $200,000 in fines for not fully planking scaffolds, providing an access ladder, ensuring scaffolds rested on base plates and providing fall protection at both locations.  Six serious citations with $5,200 in fines were issued for missing railings, toeboards and bracing at both job sites.  Painting & Decorating was issued one repeat citation carrying a $20,000 fine for not training workers on scaffold assembly and work.  The citation is a repeat offense for Painting & Decorating who had similar violations in 2007 and 2008.  In 2008, Painting & Decorating received seven citations from OSHA worth $147,000.

OSHA issued Painting & Decorating, Inc a total of 15 citations worth $225,200 in fines for these two jobsites in Kings Point, New York. The contracting firm has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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