A West Virginia contractor found itself on the receiving end of an OSHA investigation after an agency inspector observed an employee working on scaffolding with no fall protection and in close proximity to an electrical power line – a combination that could have proved deadly.

At the same time, the inspector saw other employees on a roof as high as 19 feet above ground with no fall protection.

Fairmont-based Michael Jones Contracting aka M&M Contracting LLC was issued two willful and eight serious citations and fined $46K for violations of federal safety and health standards.

“Michael Jones Contracting failed to properly protect its employees at this work site, putting them in danger of a tragic fall or electrocution," said Prentice Cline, OSHA's area director in Charleston.

The citations can be viewed at: http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/MMConstructionLLC_1107873.pdf*