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Cal/OSHA Cracking Down on Construction Safety Violations

San Francisco Bay Area contractors take note:  Cal/OSHA is focusing a spotlight on safety compliance at construction sites following four recent worker deaths caused by accidental falls.  

On May 18, 2014, a construction worker was killed when the bridge he was dismantling in downtow Riverside collapsed. On May 20th, a worker in San Mateo tumbled nine feet from a wall, sustaining fatal head injuries. Also on May 20th, a worker in San Diego was killed near the top of a twenty-two foot rebar column when tehe column fell on him. On May 21st, a worker on a residential project in San Jose fell to his death from the third floor of the building. These incidents are all being investigated by OSHA. 

Accidental falls are the leading cause of death for contractors.  Director of California's Department of Industrial Relations Christine Baker stated, "[e]mployers need to have strong safety programs in place and train their workers to follow procedures."  Cal/OSHA has posted an industry-specific fact sheet on fall protection and has numerous resources available to contractors and employees on its website.  

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