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OSHA fines two Florida companies for workplace deaths



The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Tuesday issued fines to two Floridaers for fatal work-related incidents.

Ballhawker of Florida Inc., a Fleming Island-based commercial dive and recovery company, was fined $ 55,870 after a dive technician drowned while repairing sunken golf balls in a pond on a golf course at Ponte Vedra Beach in December 2021.

OSHA said it found that the company failed to train divers to handle assigned tasks safely, to ensure that all members of the diving team were CPR-trained and to provide a first aid manual and a resuscitation device at the dive site.

Union Carpentry LLC, a carpentry contractor from Fort Pierce, was fined $ 32,113 after a 1

9-year-old worker fell 25 feet to his death in January while helping install trusses and a plywood casing on a residential development clubhouse.

OSHA relied on the contractor for an intentional violation for failing to ensure that employees wore fall protection while exposed to fall risks, and a serious violation for failing to train workers in the proper use of fall protection systems.


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