Company Linked to Anti-Union Associated Builders & Contractors Cited for Willful, Serious Violations Following Worker Death
OSHA has cited Pompano Beach, FL based Coastal Masonry for one wilful and one serious safety violation after a worker fell 70 feet to his death attempting to straighten a bent piece of rebar on the exterior wall of a multi-level condominium. The company is being ordered to pay $77,000 in fines.
The worker, 29 year old Corente Gumbs, left behind an 8-year old son. OSHA began their inspection shortly after the May incident.
The company, a member of the staunchly anti-union Associated Builders & Contractors (see image above), failed to ensure that workers wearing fall protection systems were not exposed to free-fall hazards greater than six feet. Coastal Masonry also failed to inspect fall protection equipment worn by workers before use. According to OSHA, 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.” A serious violation is one where “there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.”
According to OSHA’s area director in Fort Lauderdale, Condell Eastmond:
“Coastal Masonry ignored its responsibility to ensure workers performing masonry duties were provided with a fall protection system that would protect them effectively. Although the safety director informed management about the deficiencies with the fall protection system, the company allowed workers to be exposed to fall hazards. This employer must act immediately to remove these hazards.”