Omar Garcia, a framing contractor based out of Auburn, Alabama, has been cited by the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for subjecting its employees to eye safety and fall hazards. Omar Garcia faces projected penalties of just over $113,000.
The company was working on a project in Pike Road, Alabama when it was observed that some of the employees were performing framework in a residential area with a complete lack of fall protection. Following this observation, OSHA opened an investigation into the company to determine whether this was the only regulation it was neglecting.
The inspection was a part of OSHA’s new program to help decrease workplace fall injuries, which is known as their Regional Emphasis Program for Falls in Construction.
After a thorough investigation was completed, OSHA inspectors found that fall protection hazards were not the only dangers to which the company’s employees had been exposed. Along with the citation for failure to implement proper fall protection, Omar Garcia was cited for allowing its employees work with automatic nail guns without wearing sufficient eye protection.
Omar Garcia’s citation for lack of fall protection comes as no shock to OSHA, as the company has been cited five times for this exact violation since 2015.
According to Joseph Roesler, OSHA’s Mobile Area Office Director, “This company’s continual disregard of OSHA standards is putting employees at risk of serious injury. Employers must ensure that all required protections are implemented to ensure worker safety.”
Fortunately for Omar Garcia, no serious injuries have occurred due to its lack of adherence to OSHA regulations. However, if it continues to disregard workplace safety measures, it is almost inevitable that an unwanted incident will occur. If this does happen, and the jury learns of the company’s repeated lack of adherence, the consequences will surely be severe.