• Credit: Safety Vision 101 Blog

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Twin Pines Construction of Everett, Mass., for violating fall protection rules and other safety standards, proposing fines of almost $300,000, reports Foster’s Daily Democrat (“Massachusetts contractor faces fines from Durham site,” by Andrea Bulfinch). “Workers performing framing work were found exposed to falls ranging from nine feet up to 30 feet due to missing or inadequate fall protection safeguards,” the paper reports. “Standards set by OSHA require that employees working six feet or more above a lower level be protected against falls by personal fall arrest systems, guardrails or safety nets. Additional fall hazards stemmed from violations with ladder misuse and personal fall arrest systems that could allow workers to fall more than the six feet and strike lower levels.”