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Stucco Firm Faces Fines

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

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A Pennsylvania stucco contractor has once again run afoul of workplace regulations concerning fall protection and unsafe scaffolding, according to authorities.

Early last month BC Stucco and Stone, of Upper Darby, was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for three willful, two repeat and two serious violations at an apartment complex project in Philadelphia. Proposed penalties in that case totaled $116,600.

In the most recent case, the company was issued one serious and three willful violations, carrying fines of $93,000, at a retail remodeling jobsite in Bear, DE.

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The company has a history of bypassing safety regulations to meet production demands, according to Erin Patterson, director of OSHA's Wilmington Area Office.

The company could not be reached for comment Monday (June 6). An OSHA spokeswoman told D+D News that the stucco contractor has contested both of its most recent cases.

Production vs. Safety

“BC Stucco and Stone continues to make production the priority over ensuring a safe workplace for its employees, which is intolerable,” said Erin Patterson, director of OSHA’s Wilmington Area Office.

“This contractor is well aware of OSHA standards for safe scaffolding, but consistently disregards them and allows its workers to use scaffolding in such poor condition that even a small human error could lead to dreadful outcomes.”

The company was previously cited by OSHA for three safety violations in 2013 and nine safety violations in 2014.

New Inspection

The latest case stems from a Nov. 25, 2015 inspection where an OSHA compliance officer reportedly observed BC Stucco employees working approximately 18 feet above ground on a scaffold with major safety deficiencies, such as lack of fall protection, planking, safe access and proper use of guardrails, according to the agency.

The agency cited willful violations when BC Stucco and Stone allegedly:

  • Allowed workers on scaffolds approximately 18-feet high that were not fully planked or decked;
  • Used a scaffold without a safe means of access and exit;
  • Used a scaffold with unguarded edges and without guardrails, creating fall hazards up to approximately 18 feet; and
  • Failed to provide scaffolding related safety training by a competent person to each employee working from scaffolding.

The serious citation was due to the company not providing and requiring employees to wear head protection while conducting stucco operations on a fabricated frame scaffold, OSHA alleged.

   

Tagged categories: Citations; Cladding; Fall protection; OSHA; Regulations; Stucco; Subcontractors

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