A Union City, New Jersey contractor allowed dangerous hazards that led to worker's fatal fall, according to OSHA investigators, who issued the company multiple citations in the wake of the accident.

The Bolivar Enterprises employee was working on an extension ladder that was part of a scaffold, approximately 25 feet high. While removing the existing siding from the front of the house, he pulled a piece of siding, it gave way, and he fell to the ground. OSHA cited Bolivar for allowing the hazard that caused the fall. The agency also issued citations for scaffolding hazards, including:

  • Failing to provide adequate fall protection while working on the scaffold.
  • Not erecting scaffolding that met OSHA's standards.
  • Using scaffolding improperly.
  • Failing to provide scaffolding training to workers.

Proposed penalties: $57,000

The agency also conducted the inspection under its local emphasis program focused on fall hazards in construction.

"This tragedy could have been prevented if the company had properly protected workers from fall hazards. Instead, Bolivar Enterprises exposed employees to deadly falls from nearly all aspects of the job," said Bryan Flynn, acting area director of OSHA's Parsippany Office.

Falls are the leading cause of injury and death in the construction industry.