N.J. Construction Companies Cited for Safety Hazards Facing $148K in Penalties

June 3, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited AA&B Builders Inc. and Ebenezer General Construction Excavating for exposing employees to safety hazards on a worksite in Ewing, N.J. The companies face a combined total of $148,264 in proposed penalties.

OSHA’s Marlton Area Office initiated an inspection on February 27, 2020, under its local emphasis program for fall hazards in construction, when a compliance officer observed employees exposed to hazards involving falls, electrical cords and scaffolding on the job site.

The agency cited AA&B Builders, the general contractor on the worksite, for four repeat and six serious violations for the safety hazards and proposed $97,542 in penalties. Ebenezer received citations for 10 serious violations and $50,722 in proposed penalties.

“Construction is a high-hazard industry, so employers must provide all of the necessary safeguards to protect workers from serious or fatal injuries,” said OSHA Marlton Area Director Paula Dixon-Roderick in a U.S. Department of Labor press release.

The companies have 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s Area Director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

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