The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Igor Jerema Construction Co. in Buffalo Grove for four willful safety violations after a worker applying stucco at a home under construction in Burr Ridge fell off a scaffold and sustained a fatal head injury in May.
“Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry and failing to ensure workers use fall protection when required is unacceptable,” said Gary Anderson, director of OSHA’s Calumet City Area Office. “OSHA is committed to protecting workers, especially when employers fail to do so.”
Igor Jerema Construction has been cited for failing to provide fall protection for employees working from scaffolding at levels more than 10 feet high, erect scaffold supports on a firm foundation, provide a ladder as a point of access for workers on the scaffold and fully plank platforms on working levels of the scaffold. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirement or plain indifference to employee safety and health.
Detailed information about fall hazards and safeguards is available on OSHA’s website at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/fallprotection/construction.html. Detailed information on scaffold hazards and safe work practices, including an interactive e-Tool, is available at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/scaffolding/index.html.
Proposed penalties against Igor Jerema Construction total $50,000.
Source: OSHA Regional News Release