OSHA Cites Maestro Construction for Leaving Workers Vulnerable to Fall Hazards

OSHA Cites Maestro Construction for Leaving Workers Vulnerable to Fall Hazards

The Illinois-based construction company now faces $264,407 in proposed penalties.

Federal workplace safety inspectors have once again discovered Illinois-based Maestro Construction Inc. is exposing employees to deadly fall hazards. Despite being cited seven times since 2020, the company has been found violating safety regulations at two homes under construction in Hanover Park in December 2023 and February 2024.

According to a recent release, OSHA inspectors observed damaged electrical cords as well as employees working at heights up to 20 feet without adequate fall protection. Some workers wore safety gear incorrectly, rendering it ineffective. In addition, the company failed to certify employees had training in fall hazards or proper use of PPE.

“Contractors like Maestro Construction that willfully ignore federal safety standards for fall protection are endangering the lives and well-being of their employees,” OSHA Area Director Jacob Scott in Naperville, Illinois, said in a statement. “Despite being cited seven times since 2020, this company continues to show a callous disregard for their employees’ safety, and we will continue to hold them accountable for their defiance of regulations.”

The violations, identified at two worksites on Greenbrook Court, led OSHA to issue Maestro Construction Inc. two willful, two repeat and two serious violations as well as one other-than-serious violation. The agency has proposed $264,407 in penalties. The company had previously been cited four times in 2023 for fall-related violations.

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