FREMONT – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, better known as OSHA, has cited a Fremont-based construction company for failing to protect employees from fall hazards.
A Daubert Construction employee suffered a fatal injury in January after falling approximately 16 feet through an unguarded skylight and striking the ground. Inspectors determined that Daubert Construction:
- allowed employees to work from scaffolding greater than 10 feet in height without fall protection,
- failed to provide training to employees on the hazards of the type of scaffolding used during this accident,
- did not properly cover the skylight to prevent fall-through,
- allowed employees to work on a surface with an unprotected edge over 15 feet above a lower level without fall protection, and
- failed to provide training on fall hazards and the repercussions of working without fall protection
Each violation listed on the citation carries a fiscal penalty to the company, and the proposed penalties total $19,890.00.
“Falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of fatalities for construction workers,” said OSHA Omaha Area Office Director Jeff Funke. “This tragedy could have been prevented if the employer had provided a fall protective system, and trained workers to recognize and avoid fall hazards.”
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to either comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director to discuss the citation, or to contest the findings before the independent OSHA Review Commission.