February 18, 2014
Oregon OSHA has fined Bravo's Construction Services of Woodburn $72,825 for repeatedly not protecting its employees from falls – the seventh citation since February 2013. The fine was the result of an inspection on Oct. 9, 2013, at 3314 NE 52nd in Portland, where an employee was exposed to a fall of more than 20 feet.
The October 2013 inspection also resulted in violations for inadequate scaffold design, not ensuring employees wore safety glasses, and not holding safety committee meetings. The latter two issues were repeat violations.
Unpaid fines against Bravo's Construction now total $166,161.62, with $15,416.62 past due. Because of the company's continued negligence in providing a safe environment for employees, Oregon OSHA is referring the matter to the state Construction Contractors Board (CCB).
"Most employers meet their obligations under our rules," said Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood. "Even for those who need to be reminded, it is rare that we continue to have this level of a problem. When we do, we will issue substantial penalties against employers and refer them to CCB, which may make it legally impossible to do business in the state."
CCB also suspended the company's license on Jan. 3, 2014, after it failed to pay a $1,000 penalty issued in July. Based on CCB's findings, Bravo's Construction allowed unlicensed contractors to use its license number in exchange for a percentage of the job amount.
The typical Oregon OSHA penalty for a first-time violation ranges from $400 to $1,000 for a small employer and increases with each repeat violation. The maximum penalty for a repeat fall violation is $70,000.
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