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Why Did OSHA Cite This New Jersey Company $57,000?

Last month, Bolivar Enterprises L.L.C., a New Jersey-based company in Union City was fined $57,000 by the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for nine serious safety violations. The investigation was opened after a worker fell while removing the siding from a three-story residential building. According to the report, the worker was removing the siding on an extension ladder that was part of a 25-foot-high scaffold. While removing the siding from the house, the siding gave way and the worker suffered a catastrophic fall injury and was later pronounced dead on the scene. Bolivar Enterprises was cited for allowing fall hazards to exist, in addition to the following: Failing to provide the proper fall protection equipment for workers operating on the scaffold Failing to erect scaffolding that met OSHA’s standards Using a scaffold improperly Failing to provide scaffold training to the company’s workers OSHA’s area director released…
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