Monday, July 21, 2014

OSHA Cites Morlan Enterprises for Willful Safety Violation

Safety has been the hot topic of conversation throughout the wireless tower industry, so it’s mind blowing that a company would be cited for willful safety violations. On July 14th, two workers of Morlan Enterprises ,were free climbing, or climbing without safety lines, a 195-foot communication tower under construction without adequate fall protection in Coolville, Ohio. as a result, Morlan Enterprises has been cited for one willful and eight serious safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA has proposed penalties of $52,500. “Free climbing a communication tower is extremely dangerous, and it was this company’s responsibility to ensure appropriate fall protection was provided and used,” said Deborah Zubaty, OSHA’s area director in Columbus. “Employers and cell tower owners and operators must do everything possible to stop senseless, preventable tragedies in the communication tower industry.” Continue reading here

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