An Illinois construction contractor is facing fines totaling $264,000 for repeatedly failing to ensure employee safety by not protecting them from dangerous fall hazards.

Naperville, IL – A construction contractor in Illinois, known for disregarding federal safety regulations, has once again been found exposing workers to dangerous fall hazards on a jobsite in Naperville. On August 23, 2023, inspectors from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) witnessed employees of United Custom Homes LLC, located in Oswego, Illinois, working without proper protective equipment at heights up to 20 feet on a residential home under construction. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, falls are the leading cause of death for construction workers, with 423 out of 1,056 fatalities in 2022 being attributed to falls.

OSHA Chicago South Area Director Jim Martineck, based in Tinley Park, Illinois, stated, “United Custom Homes continues to ignore federal safety regulations and endanger workers’ lives by exposing them to deadly fall hazards. Every employer has a legal obligation to provide a safe workplace, train workers, and provide necessary equipment to keep them safe on the job. We will continue holding this employer accountable for their willing disregard of the law.”

As a result of the inspection, OSHA cited United Custom Homes for one repeat, one willful, one serious, and one other-than-serious violation, and proposed penalties totaling $264,143. The violations include the company’s failure to provide fall protection equipment or train employees in fall hazards, improper use of ladders, and failure to recertify workers in the operation of powered industrial vehicles every three years, as required. This is the seventh time since 2015 that the company has been cited for similar violations. Additionally, United Custom Homes currently owes $238,572 in unpaid previous OSHA penalties.

To educate workers about fall hazards and proper safety procedures, OSHA’s stop falls website offers safety information and video presentations in both English and Spanish. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

To learn more about OSHA and its efforts to ensure workplace safety, visit their website.  

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