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.