Masonry Contractor Cited for Exposing Workers to Fall Hazards

OSHA inspectors witnessed workers working at heights up to 40 feet without proper fall protection

OSHA inspectors have issued Polo Masonry Builders Inc. for two repeated and eight serious safety and health violations after they observed employees working at heights up to 40 feet without the proper fall protection, according to a report.

The company faces $77,606 in fines.

"No employee should ever be working at heights over 6 feet without adequate fall protection," said Angeline Loftus, OSHA's area director at its Chicago North office in Des Plaines. "Workers can easily be protected from falls by the use of harnesses and other fall protection devices. Employers must remember that falls are the leading cause of death among construction industry workers."

OSHA determined the company exposed workers to fall hazards, impalement hazards, the unguarded belt and pulley drive of a mortar mixer, and chemical hazards.

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