The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday that it cited a Florida framing contractor for safety violations, marking the sixth time since 2021 that the company has faced similar charges.
OSHA said it proposed $82,500 in penalties against Fort Walton Beach, Fla.-based Panhandle Guest Design Inc. after citing the company for two repeat violations for failing to ensure workers had adequate fall protection 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 helmets.
The contractor was also charged with failing to properly train workers in the safe operation of motorized industrial trucks.
The first inspection that led to the citations was on Oct. 6, 2022, but inspectors conducted two subsequent inspections at other Florida workplaces about three weeks later, during which three repeat violations and two serious violations for similar violations were identified, according to OSHA.
The company, a residential contractor incorporated in January 2021, has 15 days to contest the latest citations.
It has previously been 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.