The US Department of Labor has issued a citation to a drywall service company in Homestead following the death of a 22-year-old employee who sustained a fatal head injury at a construction site in Miami Beach.

Homestead, FL – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $75,000 in penalties for Stucco Works Inc. after identifying 12 serious violations at a residential construction site in Miami Beach. The violations were discovered during an investigation into a hoisting incident that occurred in July 2023, resulting in the death of a 22-year-old worker.

According to OSHA, the incident could have been prevented if the Homestead drywall contractor had followed required safety regulations. The investigation found that a scaffold pulley system failed while workers were hoisting buckets of concrete, causing the hoist arm to detach and strike one worker in the head.

OSHA Area Office Director Condell Eastmond stated, “Stucco Works’ failure to make employee safety a priority led to the loss of a young worker’s life. Employers are required to follow federal standards that are meant to protect workers from the hazards that caused this tragedy.”

The 12 serious violations cited by OSHA include:

– Failing to install a pulley-hoisting device according to the manufacturer’s directions, exposing workers to struck-by hazards.
– Exposing workers to eye and skin irritation while performing stucco work and mixing cement.
– Failing to develop and implement a hazard communication program.
– Failing to establish an accident prevention program, exposing workers to fall and struck-by hazards.
– Allowing workers to use unsafe scaffolding.
– Exposing workers to struck-by hazards and falls of up to 27 feet.
– Failing to train workers who erected and worked from scaffolding, exposing them to fall and struck-by hazards.

In addition to the serious violations, OSHA also found two other-than-serious violations. The company was cited for exposing workers to trip and fall hazards due to cluttered materials and debris in the work area, as well as failing to maintain OSHA injury and illness records.

Stucco Works Inc. is a plastering, drywalling, and stucco services employer for residential construction sites in Homestead. The company has been registered in Florida since 2014 and has contested OSHA’s findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Employers can visit OSHA’s website for information on developing a workplace safety and health program and to access compliance assistance resources. They can also contact the agency for free help with complying with OSHA standards.  

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