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Construction contractor cited for repeat fall hazard violations


The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Monday it cited an Illinois construction contractor after workers were found exposed to deadly fall hazards at a job site in August 2023.

OSHA cited Oswego-based United Custom Homes LLC for one repeat, one willful, one serious and one other-than-serious violations and assessed $264,143 in proposed penalties after inspectors observed employees working atop a house under construction without protective equipment.

The company also failed to train employees in fall hazards and on the proper use of ladders, and it didn’t recertify workers in the operation of powered industrial vehicles every three years as required by law, OSHA said.

United Custom Homes has been cited for similar violations seven times in the past nine years, and the contractor still owes $238,572 in outstanding penalties, according to OSHA.

The company has 15 business days to contest the latest citation and proposed penalties.