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Florida framing contractor again cited for workplace safety violations


The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration Thursday announced it cited a Florida framing contractor over safety violations, marking the sixth time since 2021 that the company has faced similar allegations.

OSHA said it proposed $82,500 in penalties against Fort Walton Beach, Florida-based Panhandle Guest Design Inc. after citing the company for two repeat violations for failing to ensure workers had adequate fall protections while performing roofing activities.

The citation followed an OSHA site inspection in October 2022, during which inspectors said the contractor also failed to provide employees working with pneumatic nail guns with proper eye protection and failed to ensure workers wore hard hats.

The contractor was also cited for not properly training workers on the safe operation of powered industrial trucks.

The initial inspection leading to the citations was on Oct. 6, 2022, but inspectors undertook two subsequent inspections at other Florida worksites about three weeks later, during which three repeat violations and two serious violations for similar infractions were identified, according to OSHA.

The company, a residential framing contractor incorporated in January 2021, has 15 days to contest the latest citations.

It was previously cited – twice in October 2021 and once in September 2022 – for similar safety violations involving fall hazards and lack of eye and face protection, according to OSHA.