After a federal inspection, a New Jersey contractor was fined $1 million for consistently ignoring safety regulations and putting workers at risk of falls.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a New Jersey contractor for exposing workers to fall hazards at a construction site in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. This is not the first time the company, Adrian Construction Group LLC, has been cited for such violations.

In July 2023, OSHA initiated an inspection of Adrian Construction under a local emphasis program for falls in construction. The agency found six willful violations for lack of fall protection and failure to ensure the use of eye protection, as well as four serious violations for unsafe scaffolds and failure to provide hard hats for overhead hazards. The proposed penalty for these violations is $1,017,248.

This is the fifth time OSHA has inspected Adrian Construction since 2016, and each time the company has been cited for failure to provide workers with fall protection. As a result, the company has been added to the Severe Violators Enforcement Program, which means OSHA will closely monitor their operations.

According to Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker, “Adrian Construction, under the ownership of Adrian Perea, continues to show a blatant disregard for the safety of their employees.” Placing them on the list of severe violators will intensify OSHA’s scrutiny of their operations.

Adrian Construction Group LLC is a residential carpentry and framing contractor with 20 employees. The company has 15 business days to comply with the citations and penalties, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2022, 1,069 construction workers died on the job, with 395 of those fatalities related to falls from elevations. This makes residential framing and roofing work among the deadliest jobs in construction. To help prevent these tragedies, OSHA’s stop falls website offers safety information and video presentations in English and Spanish to educate workers about fall hazards and proper safety procedures. Learn more about OSHA and how to stay safe on the job.  

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