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NJ Contractor Fined $333,052 for Willfully Exposing Workers to Fall Hazards

A series of inspections by the U.S. Department of Labor has found a Newark-based construction contractor defying federal safety regulations by exposing employees to more than 20 violations, including potentially deadly falls, at six southern and central New Jersey work sites in early 2023.


Workplace safety and health inspections by the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration identified 21 violations by Main Line Contractor Corp. Many of the violations related to the framing and sheathing company’s failure to provide or require the use of protective equipment to prevent falls from elevations greater than 6 feet, the construction industry’s leading cause of death.


In January 2023, OSHA opened its initial investigation in Mount Laurel under the agency’s Local Emphasis Program on Falls, and followed that with five more inspections at Main Line work sites in January, February and March. OSHA discovered the company exposed employees intentionally to falls of up to 30 feet by not providing them with the required personal protective equipment or making sure employees used fall protection on site, when available.


In total, OSHA cited the company for 17 serious and four willful violations and proposed $333,052 in penalties.

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