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NH: $280K Fine Handed Out by OSHA

January 14, 2014 Leave a comment

Berlin, NH: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the general contractor and five subcontractors working on the construction of the Berlin Power Plant in Berlin, New Hampshire for 31 willful, serious and repeat violations of workplace safety standards. The employers face a combined $280,880 in proposed fines following inspections by OSHA’s Concord Area Office, which started in March in response to complaints.

“Workers at this site were exposed to serious and potentially fatal injuries from a variety of hazards. These included cave-in, fall, scaffold collapse, crushing, lead and electrocution hazards,” said Rosemarie Ohar, OSHA’s area director for New Hampshire. “While it is fortunate no one was killed or seriously injured, worker safety cannot and must never be left to chance. For the safety and well-being of their employees, these employers must supply and ensure the use of proper safeguards on their job sites.”

Northeast Utilities Enterprises Inc., doing business as E.S. Boulos Co., of Lewiston, Maine, an electrical contractor that installed the primary electrical wiring and transmission lines, was issued one serious citation with a $5,000 fine, for exposed live electrical wiring, unlabeled electrical panels and not closing unused electrical cabinet openings effectively.

Vaillancourt Electrical Service of Berlin, which installed and maintained temporary power throughout the job site, was issued five serious citations, with $11,600 in fines. It allowed workers to be close to an energized 480-volt electrical panel, which exposed workers to arc flash and blast hazards; it did not ensure the use of personal protective equipment; and it overlooked deficiencies involving temporary lighting, electrical cords and a panel, and did not guard an energized electrical panel from water.

Virginia Transformer Corp., of Roanoke, Va., which furnished and installed the main power transformer, was issued one serious citation, with a $7,000 fine, for allowing workers to be close to an energized electrical panel.

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NH: $173,500 OSHA Fine, Electrical Hazards

August 9, 2012 Leave a comment
Merrimack, NH:  The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed fines Monday totalling $173,500 for alleged workplace safety violations against 10 contractors that worked on construction of the Merrimack Premium Outlets shopping mall in Merrimack.  The proposed fines, citing alleged fall, electrical and other hazards, followed an inspection by OSHA’s Concord area office that began in January.  Cited were general contractor Hardin Construction of Atlanta, Ga., as well as nine subcontractors.
Besides Hardin, the subcontractors were roofing subcontractor P&A Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc. of Orlando, Fla.; steel-framing contractor F.L. Crane and Sons Inc. of Hutto, Texas; siding and trim contractor Palace Construction Inc. of Litchfield; MasRam Mechanical LP of Houston, Texas; Timber Structures of Auburndale, Fla.; Four Star Drywall LLC of Manchester; Professional Electrical Contractors of CT Inc. of Norwood, Mass.; Paul Modzeleski doing business as Sentry Roofing of Dunbarton; and J.M.D. Architectural Products Inc. of Tipp City, Ohio.
“Our inspection found workers exposed to a variety of common but avoidable hazards associated with construction work, notably falls and electric shocks,” Rosemarie Ohar, OSHA’s New Hampshire area director, said in a statement.
“Both of these hazards can kill or disable workers in seconds. For the safety of their employees, employers must adhere to required safeguards at all times on this and all job sites,” she said.
Each employer has 15 business days from receipt of OSHA’s citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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