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Safety breaches net construction firm over $73,000

Construction company J.C. Stucco and Stone was fined more than $73,000 in connection with repeated safety violations. During an August workplace inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, the firm was found to be in violation of numerous regulations. The company was cited for failing to implement proper fall protection devices, using planking incorrectly and not conducting safety inspections on a daily basis as required.

As a result of these alleged violations, the Landsdowne, Pennsylvania, construction company was fined a total of $73,150. If the firm chooses not to appeal the charges leveled against it, it is required to pay the sum within 15 business days of its original receipt of the OSHA citation. Although OSHA officials reportedly maintain that no specific workplace accident prompted their investigation, its results could have direct effects on any future workplace incidents or ongoing workers' compensation cases.

Workplace accidents on construction sites often involve serious injuries that prompt people to seek financial damages. In addition to the physical and mental harm they suffer, many workers are left unable to maintain gainful employment as a result of complications and ongoing medical treatments.

Workers' compensation trials sometimes use past OSHA investigations as evidence in determining whether people should be awarded compensation. Firms that have been found guilty of repeated violations might be more likely to have court judgements awarded against them in light of the fact that their bad track records jeopardized employee safety. Still, these cases aren't always clear-cut; as this incident demonstrates, employers can choose to appeal fines and contest charges against them. In Pennsylvania, many people seek the assistance of workers' compensation attorneys as they build their claim cases.

Source: Philadelphia Business Journal, "Construction co. fined for safety breach," March 13, 2013

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