ST. AUGUSTINE, FL — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited G&H Underground Construction for allowing the use of unguarded machines after an employee suffered a serious injury at a worksite in St. Augustine. The company faces $57,738 in proposed penalties.
OSHA investigators determined that while the employee cut a concrete pipe, the saw blade kicked back, causing a laceration on the employee’s throat. OSHA cited the construction company for failing to provide eye and face protection, failing to train employees on operating equipment, and not inspecting equipment for damages and defects.
“Manufacturers equip power tools with safety devices to protect workers from serious injuries,” said OSHA Jacksonville Acting Area Office Director Michelle Gonzalez. “This employer disregarded safety requirements by altering those protective devices, causing a life-threatening injury.”
G&H Underground Construction has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed 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.
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 help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance.