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News Sept. 7, 2023

Contractor faces $334,618 in penalties for exposing workers to fall hazards

Department of Labor inspectors observed Cheltenham Construction Services, Washington, Mo., exposing employees to deadly fall hazards twice within two months as the company performed siding and roofing work, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The company is not an NRCA member.

OSHA conducted a February 2023 inspection in Lake St. Louis, Mo., and April 2023 inspection in O’Fallon, Mo., finding the company allowed employees to work at heights greater than 6 feet without required fall-arrest systems, safety nets or guardrails, and allowed ladders to be used improperly. In Lake St. Louis, the company failed to protect employees using pneumatic nail guns against eye and face hazards.

OSHA cited the company for two repeat and two serious violations and proposed $334,618 in penalties. Since 2015, OSHA has cited the company, which operates as CCS, seven times for fall-protection violations.

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