Illinois Contractor Faces $264K Fine for Exposing Workers to Deadly Fall Hazards

June 17, 2024

Federal workplace safety inspectors found an Illinois construction contractor — cited seven times since 2020 — again exposing employees doing framing work to the risk of deadly falls from elevation at two homes under construction in Hanover Park in December 2023 and February 2024.

Inspectors with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration observed employees of Maestro Construction Inc. working at heights up to 20 feet without adequate fall protection. Inspectors reported that some workers put on fall protection safety gear but wore it incorrectly, making it useless.

The agency also learned the Bolingbrook company failed to certify that employees had been trained in fall hazards or the required use of personal protective equipment. In addition, inspectors found damaged electrical cords in use.

OSHA issued Maestro Construction two willful, two repeat and two serious violations and one other-than-serious violation. The agency has proposed $264,407 in penalties.

The agency cited Maestro Construction four times in 2023 for fall-related violations.

Topics Contractors Illinois

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