• John Larrimer

OSHA Fines Contractor Following Parking Garage Collapse

Cleveland Cement Contractors Inc. was found to be in violation of several safety regulations following an inspection by the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA cited the contractor for six serious safety violations, including not following construction and design standards.

Cleveland Cement Contractors Inc. is a contractor that specializes in parking garages. On December 16, 2011, several workers were injured following a collapse on the second floor of a garage. Other violations included failure to properly design, construct and maintain concrete forming and shoring systems, overloading shoring stringers, failure to avoid eccentric loading of shoring stringers, failure to adequately inspect forming and shoring prior to and during concrete placement and failure to guard all exposed protruding reinforcing steel.

Cleveland Cement Contractors, Inc. has 15 days to either agree to pay the $38,000 fine or request a hearing with OSHA.

It is a shame that it took a construction accident, worker injuries and an OSHA inspection to expose these dangerous practices. Contractors have an obligation to follow these safety standards and protects their employees.

Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC—Columbus workers comp attorneys.

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