Chicago, IL (WorkersCompensation.com) - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Polo Masonry Builders Inc. – based in Park Ridge, Illinois – for exposing employees to fall and scaffolding hazards while working on a commercial building project in Chicago, Illinois. The company faces penalties of $252,136. OSHA placed the company in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
OSHA inspectors cited the company for repeat and other-than-serious safety violations, including failing to provide fall protection, install guardrail systems on platforms, provide safe access to scaffold work platforms, use rebar caps to protect employees from impalement hazards, document fall protection training and submit injury and illness logs.
OSHA has cited Polo Masonry Builders for fall protection violations 13 times since 2010.
"Employers are legally required to follow safety procedures on every jobsite to ensure that workers are protected from recognized workplace hazards," said Loren Sweatt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for OSHA. "Installing safe work platforms and training workers about working at elevation protects workers from fatal falls."