‘Recividist’ firm fined $354,000, enrolled in severe violator program

by on August 1, 2011 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

How’s OSHA’s promise to get tough on repeat violators working out?

So far, they’re walking the talk. OSHA cited P. Gioioso & Sons, Inc., Hyde Park, MA, with $354,000 in fines for willful trenching hazards.

OSHA, noting the company has been cited and fined seven times since 2000, enrolled the trenching contractor in its “severe violators enforcement program” after the latest inspection yielded more cave-in hazards.”

Under the severe violators program, OSHA will mandate follow-up inspections to comply with OSHA’s regulations. Initiated in 2010, the program focuses on recalcitrant employers that commit willful, repeat or failure-to-abate violations.

The current inspection was opened when an OSHA inspector observed a Gioioso employee working in an unprotected trench in Cambridge, MA. During the inspection, a section of the trench wall collapsed while the employee was still in it.

A second inspection in Framingham, MA began after a concerned passer-by informed OSHA of workers in an unguarded trench. In both cases, OSHA found that the trenches lacked both cave-in protection and a ladder or other safe way workers could exit the trenches.

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