John Whigham was issued one willful citation for failing to provide fall protection equipment for employees working from heights up to 9 feet. Ezzo Construction and S.A. Robinson were each issued a repeat citation and KB Home a serious citation for the same violation that exposed workers to falls up to 18 feet.
OSHA also cited Ezzo with a serious violation for not properly extending a ladder.
Proposed penalties: $144,830
Quote: “Florida home builders must understand that successful project management requires safety and production schedules as equally important,” said Brian Sturtecky, OSHA's area director in Jacksonville. “Unfortunately, this inspection is another example of multi-layers of construction management turning a blind eye to safety in the name of production.”
The companies have 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, request a conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.