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Contractor fined $120K for safety violations at Eugene development

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Colima Construction exposed workers to potential fatal falls and serious eye injuries.

Posted: Oct 4, 2019 11:10 AM

EUGENE, Ore. – A Canby-based construction company is facing a more than $120,000 fine for safety violations at a new housing development in Eugene.

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Colima Construction LLC exposed workers to the potential of fatal falls and serious eye injuries.

Inspections of the job sites found that employees were exposed to falls greater than nine feet with no fall protection systems in place.

They said it is the third time since 2018 the company has failed to obey regulations that require a personal fall-restraint system or other measures when employees are exposed to potential falls of six feet or more. The penalty for each violation multiplies, according to agency rules.

“It is inexcusable to ignore fall protection rules that are specifically designed to prevent serious injury or death,” Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood said. “To ignore such rules repeatedly is to display a glaring lack of regard for worker safety.”

A worker was also found to be operating a pneumatic nail gun without using eye protection, exposing the person to the potential for a serious eye injury. This was also a repeat violation.

In total, Colima Construction was fined $121,200.

The company was doing roofing and framing work, officials said.

Oregon OSHA offers resources to help improve workplace safety. To learn more, click here

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