Volume 44, Issue 1 - January 2009

Safety

Ajay Glass & Mirror Fined $89,000 by OSHA for Fall Hazards 

The U.S. Department of Laborís Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $89,000 in fines against Ajay Glass & Mirror Co. Inc. of Manchester, N.Y., for allegedly exposing employees to falls of up to 50 feet at a Buffalo, N.Y., worksite. OSHA began its inspection after one of its officials observed Ajay Glass & Mirror employees working without fall protection on the unprotected edge of the fifth floor level of the former Dulski Building in Buffalo. The inspection found employees working without the use of a personal fall arrest system or working with their safety lifelines tied off to an anchorage point that was inadequate to restrict falls to 6 feet or less.

At press time, Ajay Glass & Mirror had not responded to USGlassí request for a comment. 

OSHA has issued the company one willful citation with a proposed fine of $63,000 for the lack of fall protection. OSHA defines a willful violation as one committed with plain indifference to or intentional disregard for employee safety and health.

Nine serious citations, with $26,000 in fines, have been issued to the company for the inadequate anchorage, lack of fall protection training and failure to have the anchorage points designed, installed or overseen by a competent person; unsecured and unmarked coverings for floor holes on the fourth floor level; slack and unmarked perimeter cables; and not barricading the area beneath a scaffold. OSHA issues serious citations when death or serious physical harm is likely to result from hazards about which the employer knew or should have known.

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