A home building company faces $67,000 in fines after health and safety inspectors found it exposed it workers to unsafe machinery and fall hazards at its Seguin, Texas factory.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Cavco Industries for 15 serious health and safety violations, including failing to:
- Provide proper fall protection for workers on framed structures
- Prevent machines from starting up during servicing
- Install proper machinery guards
- Repair recognized electrical hazards
- Clear slip, trip and fall hazards caused by accumulating construction debris.
"A repeat citation for fall protection, especially from a building manufacturer of modular home structures like Cavco, shows a complete lack of responsibility for the safety of its workers," said Casey Perkins, OSHA's area director in Austin. "The employer failed to find and fix serious hazards that put worker safety in jeopardy. OSHA will not tolerate such negligence."
This OSHA inspection was a part of its Site Specific Targeting program, which aims to ensure OSHA compliance at high-risk work sites. At construction sites, which are often full of ladders and scaffolding, falls lead to more deaths than any other hazard. In 2013 fall deaths alone accounted for more than 35 percent of all construction fatalities.
As common as they may be, however, fall deaths are preventable. In order to best protect you and your employees from fall hazards at your workplace, follow these OSHA safety guidelines:
- Before you begin working in a hazardous area, make sure your harness fits properly.
- Inspect all fall protection equipment before getting started on the job as well.
- Stay connected to your harness at all times.
- Use guardrails and lifelines in addition to your harness.
- Guard or cover all holes or gaps in your work area, such as skylights or other openings.
For more information about building safety solutions or construction safety programs that can help keep your employees out of harm's way, contact Safety Advantage, LLC today.