The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Diaz Professional Construction LLC for exposing employees to falls at a Montgomery, Alabama, residential worksite. The Montgomery-based framing contractor faces $31,879 in penalties.
OSHA initiated the inspection as part of its Regional Emphasis Program for Falls in Construction after inspectors observed employees performing framing activities without fall protection. OSHA cited the company for failing to use a fall protection system, allowing employees to operate pneumatic nail guns without eye protection and failing to train workers on the fall hazards.
"Falls are the leading cause of fatalities in construction," says OSHA Mobile Area Director Jose Gonzalez. "Employers can protect workers from falls by ensuring that they wear required personal fall arrest or restraint systems, and by installing guardrail systems around roof openings."Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.