OSHA seeks $173,500 in fines against Merrimack Premium Outlet contractors
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed fines Monday totalling $173,500 for alleged workplace safety violations against 10 contractors that worked on construction of the Merrimack Premium Outlets shopping mall in Merrimack.
The proposed fines, citing alleged fall, electrical and other hazards, followed an inspection by OSHA's Concord area office that began in January.
Cited were general contractor Hardin Construction of Atlanta, Ga., as well as nine subcontractors.
Besides Hardin, the subcontractors were roofing subcontractor P&A Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc. of Orlando, Fla.; steel-framing contractor F.L. Crane and Sons Inc. of Hutto, Texas; siding and trim contractor Palace Construction Inc. of Litchfield; MasRam Mechanical LP of Houston, Texas; Timber Structures of Auburndale, Fla.; Four Star Drywall LLC of Manchester; Professional Electrical Contractors of CT Inc. of Norwood, Mass.; Paul Modzeleski doing business as Sentry Roofing of Dunbarton; and J.M.D. Architectural Products Inc. of Tipp City, Ohio.
“Our inspection found workers exposed to a variety of common but avoidable hazards associated with construction work, notably falls and electric shocks,” Rosemarie Ohar, OSHA's New Hampshire area director, said in a statement.
“Both of these hazards can kill or disable workers in seconds. For the safety of their employees, employers must adhere to required safeguards at all times on this and all job sites,” she said.
Each employer has 15 business days from receipt of OSHA's citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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