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Pa. contractor cited for workplace safety hazards

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A Pennsylvania contractor is facing proposed penalties of $222,152 after being cited for several workplace safety hazards by federal regulators.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration again cited Hua Da Construction in Philadelphia for exposing employees to workplace safety hazards, according to an agency statement on Thursday.

In October 2017, OSHA responded to a complaint of imminent danger at a company work site. OSHA cited the employer for exposing workers to electrical shock, trip, fall, struck-by, and impalement hazards; obstructed egress routes; unsafe use of ladders and compressed gas cylinders and lack of fall protection. The agency cited the company for similar violations in 2016.

“Employers have a legal responsibility to provide a safe and healthful workplace,” Theresa Downs, OSHA Philadelphia area office director, said in the statement. “This employer continued to disregard OSHA standards and put workers at risk for injury from multiple safety hazards.”

A company spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment.