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Construction company faces $819K in OSHA penalties

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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday that it cited a New Jersey construction contractor for exposing workers to deadly fall hazards.

OSHA cited Long Branch-based Road Contractor Corp. for 32 safety violations and proposed $819,417 in penalties following eight inspections in Evesham, Freehold, Manalapan, Marlton, Mullica Hill and Rumson as part of the agency’s national program focused on falls.

OSHA said the company failed to provide employees with required fall protection, allowed workers to use portable ladders unsafely, exposed workers to silica hazards, allowed the operation of machinery without guarding, failed to provide employees with eye and face protection, and failed to have hazardous communication or written exposure control programs.

The citation includes “willful,” “repeat,” and “serious” violations.

The company, which provides wood framing and sheathing services for residential construction projects, has 15 business days to contest the citation and proposed penalties.