U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

M. Durrance Construction of Jacksonville, Florida, cited for willfully exposing workers to dangerous falls

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ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- M. Durrance Construction Inc. of Jacksonville was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing workers to dangerous falls during framing work at a residence on Hawthorn Way in Orange Park. The October 2014 inspection was initiated as part of the agency's Regional Emphasis Program on Falls in Construction. OSHA has cited the company three times since 2010 for lack of fall protection. Most recently, OSHA issued M. Durrance a willful citation for failure to provide workers with fall protection at a work site in October 2013.

'This isn't the first time we've found dangerous fall hazards at this company's work site. Failure to fix these problems proves how little regard M. Durrance has for the safety of its employees,' said Brian Sturtecky, OSHA's area director in Jacksonville. 'These blatantly unsafe acts put workers at risk of serious injury or death. Not only is it wrong for this company to ignore this risk, it is illegal.'

OSHA issued one willful citation, with a $53,900 penalty, for allowing employees to conduct roofing operations on a pitched structure without fall protection. This exposed workers to falls of up to 16 feet. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

M. Durrance, a framing and siding contractor, was under contract with Lever Rock Construction to build a single-family residence in the Oakleaf Plantation subdivision. M. Durrance has 15 business days from receipt of the citation and proposed penalty to comply, request a conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

OSHA has created a fall prevention Web page at http://www.osha.gov/stopfalls with detailed information in English and Spanish on fall protection standards. The page offers fact sheets, posters and videos that vividly illustrate various fall hazards and appropriate preventive measures.

To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint or report workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency's Jacksonville Area Office at 904-232-2895.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

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