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Massachusetts Contractor Fined for Safety Hazards at Hultman Aqueduct Project

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently cited a Masssachusetts contractor currently working on the Hultman Aqueduct project in Weston for repeat and serious violations of workplace safety. The Barletta Heavy Division Inc., from Canton, has been charged with a $52,500 fine for these violations.

Barletta’s previous citations were from inspections in 2008 for potential fall hazards at their jobsites at Commonwealth Pier and Ashmont Station in Boston. When OSHA inspected the aqueduct tunnel, they found similar hazards, such as an unprotected 14-foot fall and an inadequate ladder that did not reach over the edge the required three feet, making the ladder unstable. The company is charged with $37,500 for these repeated safety violations.

Furthermore, OSHA cited Barletta with three serious violations for extremely high noise in the tunnel and their employees did not have hearing protection, a lack of fire extinguishers in the tunnel, and for a live electrical panel that was exposed. OSHA issues serious citations only when there is a serious possibility that death or injury could result from a workplace hazard that the employer could have fixed. These three serious citations resulted in $15,000.

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Source:
US Department of Labor’s OSHA cites Canton, Mass., contractor on Hultman Aqueduct project in Weston, Mass., for repeat and serious violations, OSHA Regional News Release, February 22, 2011
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