OSHA has cited Martin-Pinero CPM LLC – a construction contractor based in Atlanta, Georgia – for exposing employees to fall hazards after a fatal incident at a highway construction project in Atlanta. The company faces $170,020 in penalties.
OSHA initiated the inspection after an employee suffered a fatal injury in a fall while attempting to install permanent metal decking on the I-400/I-285 fly over bridge ramp. The agency cited the contractor for failing to ensure employees used a horizontal lifeline system and fall protection, as required. OSHA also cited the contractor for failing to secure metal decking before allowing workers to use it as a walking surface, provide fall protection training and conduct regular job site inspections to ensure the use of all applicable safety measures. OSHA conducted its inspection in conjunction with the Regional Emphasis Program on Falls in Construction.
“Allowing employees to work at heights without using proper fall protection methods increases the risk of serious or fatal injuries,” said OSHA Atlanta-West Area Office Director Jeffery Stawowy. “Employers have an obligation to ensure the working conditions they ask employees to operate under are free of recognized hazards.”
OSHA’s Fall Protection webpage provides information on fall protection standards in construction, and resources on protecting workers from falls.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.