Thursday, May 8, 2014

Times-News: Idaho Builder Fined For Exposing Workers to Hazards

Posted By on Thu, May 8, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Following a construction site fall in the summer of 2013 when a plumbing subcontractor suffered serious injuries, a Magic Valley custom home builder has been fined $27,600 for "willfully exposing workers to fall hazards."

This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration levied the fine on TKO Custom Homes of Twin Falls.

The Times-News reports that an OSHA inspection revealed that workers were exposed to fall hazards up to 9.5 feet while walking and working on stairways and landings throughout the job site, and that the company had failed to provide guard rails, stair rails or other required fall protection on open-sided stairways.

An OSHA spokesman told the Times-News that a willful violation was issued because the employer had knowledge of the deficiency and failed to comply even after the accident.

The company has 15 business days to respond or contest the findings with an in-person meeting at OSHA's Boise office.

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