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Florida Framing Contractor Cited for Fall Protection Violations

Desouza Framing Inc., a residential framing contractor based out of Jacksonville, Florida, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for exposing its employees to potentially dangerous fall hazards. The company now faces projected penalties of nearly $200,000. After some of its employees were spotted engaging in construction activities on a roof more than 11 feet tall without proper fall protection, OSHA officials conducted an investigation and found that the company was exposing its employees to fall hazards regularly. Just a couple months after the investigation, OSHA began another inspection at a worksite ... Read More

Contractor fined for subjecting employees to fall hazards

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. ... Read More

Patio installer cited after employee dies from fall

L.I. Aluminum Design, Inc., a patio and pool installer and manufacturer based out of Naples, Florida has been cited by the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for its failure to adhere to safety regulations involving fall hazards, which resulted in the death of one of its employees. The company is currently facing projected punitive damages of $40,096. The lack of effort put forth by the company to comply with safety regulations set by OSHA resulted directly in the tragic fatality of an employee, the agency asserted, and the worst part about it is that ... Read More

Two Manhattan Construction Workers Fell to Their Deaths

Two construction workers who fell to their deaths at unrelated job sites in Manhattan have brought to light the need for better safety training. In one of the incidents, a third worker was seriously injured, as well. The first incident was when 36-year-old Juan Chonillo, father of five, fell from a height of 29 stories at the 670-foot luxury condo tower where he was helping to raise the framework for pouring concrete on the 29th floor. According to New York Daily News, Chonillo, an immigrant from Ecuador, was pronounced dead on the scene by FDNY officials. Chonillo’s cousin, Angel Munoz, 46, was not ... Read More

Motorized RipStik recalled after 700 fall hazard complaints

After receiving more than 700 reports of the rear wheels locking up, Razor USA has launched a voluntary recall of its Razor RipStik electric motorized caster boards, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). More than 150,000 RipStiks are affected by the recall due to a potential fall hazard. The boards were sold at a variety of stores, including Target, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Amazon.com and other stores nationwide, from February 2016 through April 2017. The manufacturing date is located on the back. The boards sold for about $180. They have two wheels, a hub motor, a lithium ion ... Read More

Ladder recall announced by Wing Enterprises; approximately 37K affected

Nearly 37,000 Little Giant multipurpose ladders are under recall by Wing Enterprises upon learning the locking pins/rung fasteners may fail during use, putting consumers at risk of a serious fall hazard. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the defective ladders involved are the Little Giant Velocity™, LT™ and Liberty™ multipurpose ladders. Each of the ladders contain joints that allow it to bend and lock in a variety of different positions. The side of each ladder has “Little Giant,” the model name, as well as its model and part numbers printed. The following model and part number combinations ... Read More

Tree stands pose significant fall hazards without a safety harness; Oklahoma man falls nearly 30 feet

With hunting season beginning, hunters will be flocking to their tree stands for wider visibility of their surroundings and a better shot at wild game. However, if the hunter becomes distracted or even drowsy while in tree stand, the risk of falling from the tree stand increases significantly and puts hunters at risk of serious injury. Earlier this autumn in Oklahoma, 49-year-old Joel Bomgren fell approximately 30 feet while up in a tree stand preparing for this year’s hunting season. What made the situation even more difficult was that he had fallen in a heavily wooded area, which an ambulance ... Read More

Tripod stool recall announced due to fall hazard; sold exclusively by Walmart

Walmart, the American multinational retail corporation headquartered in Arkansas, has announced a tripod stool recall encompassing more than 46,000 units. The plastic collar responsible for connecting the stool’s three legs may break during use, posing a fall hazard to consumers. The tripod stool recall includes the Mahco Inc. tripod stools with three steel legs, as well as a REALTREE logo pattern camouflage polyester seat. Each of the steel legs feature plastic caps on both ends and a round plastic hub that connects them. Measuring at about 17 inches high by 13 inches wide, the recalled stools also have a black ... Read More

Lenny Lamb announces infant carrier recall due to fall hazard

Nearly 1,5000 Buckle Onbu infant carriers are now under recall by Lenny Lamb following the discovery that the carrier’s internal stitching may be missing, thus posing a fall hazard to children. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the recalled infant carriers were designed with the purpose of strapping the baby against the caregiver’s body near the hip. Children in the carrier must be able to sit up unassisted and is commonly used for back carry. Each carrier was woven with 100 percent cotton and sold in 83 various styles, but only one standard size. Its interior panel should be ... Read More

CPSC announces two new bicycle recalls for fall and injury hazards

A set of bicycle recalls by two different manufacturers, encompassing almost 80,000 bikes, has been announced by Rocky Mountain, Scott USA and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The Rocky Mountain bicycle recall encompasses more than 78,000 bikes in North America with defective quick release levers. If the defective quick release lever comes into contact with the front wheel’s disc brake assembly, the front wheel may either come to a sudden stop or separate completely from the bike, thus posing an injury hazard to the rider. The Scott bicycle recall states that nearly 1,500 of its bikes have defective SYNCROS ... Read More