OSHA cites company working on Marco Island

— The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing $60,900 in penalties against Naples-based Morca Contracting Corp. for 14 serious safety violations found at a worksite on Marco Island.

OSHA began its inspection as part of a local emphasis program in South Florida, targeting fall protection. The issues were based on scaffolding and workmen wearing harnesses. The company is working on a home on Hull Court.

“Falls are one of the leading causes of traumatic occupational deaths,” said Darlene Fossum, OSHA’s area director in Fort Lauderdale. “Any time a construction worker is at a height of 6 feet or more, that worker is at risk and needs to be protected.”

The serious violations include multiple failures to prepare and maintain adequate scaffolding, resulting in workers being exposed to fall hazards; a lack of fall protection for workers; and inadequate training for employees on recognition and prevention of fall hazards. A serious violation is issued when death or serious physical harm is likely to result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known, according to OSHA.

Carlos Morales, Morca owner, said he is meeting with the OSHA area director at its Fort Lauderdale office on Monday.

He said that a worker had taken off his harness as his work was done, but was still on the roof. Morales also said he will discuss scaffolding, which he said was seven or eight of the violations.

“I have a small business, the fine (violation costs) is more than I make a year,” Morales said. Morca has 13 employees, down from 29 in good building times.

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happy6 writes:

morca makes way more than 60k/yr.

happy6 writes:

perhaps they have issed warnings...i have never seen a morca employee wearing a harness on a roof....or any other framer for that matter.

STONECRAB writes:

WHEN QUALITY ENTERPRISES WERE PUTTING IN THE SEWERS, OSHA WAS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND . THE UNFORTUNATE ILLEGALS ARE PROBABLY DEAF NOW FROM RUNNING THE VIBRATORY COMPACTORS WITHOUT HEARING PROTECTION !

MrBreeze writes:

Being in the construction industry for many years the issue of wearing a harness is complex. I have seen many guys that are natural on the roof and if you put a harness on them they become awkward.

I have seen that the harness gets tied up around their feet and may cause a fall. That being said the rules are to wear a harness but it adds costs to the job to place the "cleats" for tie down. There is also a surrounding "tie" line that is supposed to be in place.

I myself do not like two story roofs and would only go up with a harness but I do get in the way of guys who do not wear a harness but it does only take one fall to have an accident.

I think OSHA has better things to do than write 60,000 fine to a small contractor on a residential job of a home. Warnings generally seek compliance.

Fossil writes:

Where was OSHA when the sewer installers almost killed themselves? Islandeye: I agree, shutting down the company is a bad move. I would rather OSHA have the autority to arrest and jail the owner 1 year for every infraction motivated by saving money. This company can continue without the irresponsible leadership and no jobs need to be lost. I ask you, what would happen if the owner had been found guilty of nelegent homacide? Whould the company go under? I doubt it, someone would step in and cover for him.

happyhorowitz34145 writes:

in response to STONECRAB:

WHEN QUALITY ENTERPRISES WERE PUTTING IN THE SEWERS, OSHA WAS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND . THE UNFORTUNATE ILLEGALS ARE PROBABLY DEAF NOW FROM RUNNING THE VIBRATORY COMPACTORS WITHOUT HEARING PROTECTION !

They were not around as Mitchell/Stark was allowing thier employees to go into sewer manholes without proper street safety precautions or ventilation.

ajm3s writes:

OSHA: Occupational Selective Harassment Authority

Is not everyone aware that private industry is negligent and government is NOT. Well that is not true, what happens is OSHA as a government agency discusses government violations in private while private industry is dealt in a public arena. Sounds kinda backwards or at least not fair or is it fear? I get lost with all these government agencies.

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