Construction Company Fined Over $90,000 After Fall Protection and Safety Violations

A Washington state construction company was fined $92,000 after failing to enforce fall protection use among employees.

Washington construction company Cloise & Mike Construction was fined $92,000 by the Department of Labor & Industries for serious safety violations, according to Insurance Journal.

Cloise & Mike Construction was cited for failing to enforce the use of fall protection after the Department of Labor & Industries received an anonymous report containing photos of employees doing roofing work without proper protection in May. During the inspection that followed, it was discovered that employees also failed to practice social distancing or wear masks.

The May incident resulted in eight citations. These recent violations are not the company’s first issues with workplace safety—Cloise & Mike had received over 24 citations since 2001.

The construction company is appealing the citations that resulted from the May 2020 inspection.

More information on the Washington Department of Labor & Industries’ safety rules can be found at lni.wa.gov.

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Nikki Johnson-Bolden is an Associate Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.

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