OSHA: JC Stucco and Stone Exposed Workers to Dangerous Falls, Unsafe Scaffolding

The company has had 41 safety citations since 2011, according to the agency.

OSHA has cited JC Stucco and Stone Inc. for exposing its employees to fall, scaffolding and other safety hazards, according to its news release. The masonry contractor was cited for the same violations in September 2014. This comes after the company was placed in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program in 2011; the company has received 41 citations related to scaffolding since then, OSHA reported.

"A fall from 35 feet would result in death or permanent disability. Employers can protect their workers by providing basic safeguards, but JC Stucco and Stone's repeated failure to do so demonstrates a total disregard for federal law and worker safety," said Nicholas DeJesse, director of OSHA's Philadelphia Area Office. "Workers shouldn’t have to risk their lives for the sake of a paycheck."

An October inspection found the following: the contractor had a lack of fall protection for employees working at a height of up to 35 feet; provided inadequate access to working levels on scaffolding; and had no braces to prevent scaffolding from tipping or collapsing.

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