Fines Against ALDI Builder Reportedly Dropped
The company that built Hiram’s ALDI grocery store was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in June, but penalties that were to be levied against the builder have been dropped, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports.
Though the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration in June cited a Rydal company for exposing workers to fall hazards during the construction of the ALDI grocery store in Hiram, the firm reportedly no longer faces thousands of dollars in fines.
According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Woodland Interiors Inc. in late June agreed to a settlement that will have the company paying no fines to OSHA. The government entity had previously announced that the company faced $43,400 in proposed penalties.
Hiram’s ALDI opened in March on Wendy Bagwell Parkway, and Woodland Interiors was responsible for installing insulation to exterior walls. OSHA inspected the work in December as part of the agency’s National Emphasis Program and Local Emphasis Program on falls in construction.
Woodland was cited for allowing employees to work from an aerial lift about 18 feet from the ground without fall protection. That citation could have led to a $38,500 penalty. The remaining $4,900 penalty the firm could have sustained was tied to a citation for failing to provide fall protection for employees working from the roof of the building while installing siding at heights up to 15 feet.
The citations along with the fines were vacated, the Chronicle reported.
Workers seeking to ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint or report workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger should call OSHA’s toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency’s Atlanta-West Area Office at 678-903-7301.
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 ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.
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