OSHA fined a Boston-area masonry contractor $119,000 for safety violations involved in an April accident. The contractor’s employees were dismantling the scaffold and in doing so, they removed the braces that anchored the scaffold to the building.
Without anything to anchor or stabilize it, the scaffold collapsed, resulting in the deaths of two workers and one passer-by.
The fines were based on vioaltions of OSHA’s requirements that employees be properly trained in their jobs. Also, OSHA determiend that the contractor failed to have proper procedures in place and failed to inspect the work. Properly trained employees, following adequate procedures, and having their work properly supervised and inspected is a basic formula for assuring work site safety.