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    :: Thursday, December 28, 2006 ::

    Plainville, Conn. Masonry Contractor Fined $220,000 by U.S. Labor Department's OSHA for Scaffold and Fall Hazards at Enfield Worksite
    HARTFORD, Conn. -- Dab Masonry LLC, a Plainville, Conn.-based masonry contractor, has been cited by the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for 15 alleged willful, repeat and serious violations of safety standards during construction of a pharmacy at 2 Shaker Road in Enfield, Conn. OSHA has proposed $220,000 in fines for numerous scaffolding and fall hazards.

    'Virtually every hazard identified during this inspection exposed employees to potentially fatal or disabling falls,' said C. William Freeman, III, OSHA's area director in Hartford. 'The large fines proposed here reflect the seriousness of the cited conditions, employer knowledge of hazards and this employer's history of prior violations.'

    OSHA's inspection found that a scaffold was missing its top, middle and end rails and that scaffold frames, rather than ladders, were being used to access upper levels, two conditions that exposed employees to fall hazards of 12 to 20 feet.
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