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Contractor assessed $1 million in penalties for fall hazards


The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed more than $1 million in penalties against a New Jersey contractor for willfully and repeatedly exposing workers to fall hazards.

OSHA said Monday that it cited Paterson-based Adrian Construction Group LLC after a workplace safety inspection at a construction site in Franklin Lakes in July 2023.

The company was cited for six willful violations for lack of fall protection and four serious violations for unsafe scaffolds and not providing hard hats to workers.

OSHA said it inspected Adrian Construction five times since 2016 for similar violations. It added the company to the Severe Violators Enforcement program due to what OSHA termed the “egregious nature” of the incidents.

Adrian Construction, which is a residential carpentry and framing contractor, has 15 business days to contest the citation and the $1,017,248 in proposed penalties.