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Endangering Workers’ Lives

Department of Labor cites Long Branch contractor for 32 violations in 4-month span for willfully exposing employees to deadly fall hazards

Road Contractor Corp. faces $819K in proposed penalties

LONG BRANCH, NJ – A Long Branch construction contractor with a history of ignoring federal fall safety standards has again been found exposing employees to potentially deadly fall hazards in eight work site inspections from November 2023 to March 2024.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration opened the eight inspections of Road Contractor Corp. in Evesham, Freehold, Manalapan, Marlton, Mullica Hill and Rumson as part of OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on Falls. In 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 395 fatal workplace falls, the leading cause of death in the construction industry.

“Since July 2023, we have found in 24 inspections that Road Contractor Corp. exposed its employees routinely to dangerous falls and other safety hazards common in residential construction,” said OSHA Area Director Paula Dixon-Roderick in Marlton, New Jersey. “OSHA will use its legal authority to hold accountable employers like Road Contractor Corp. that callously disregard the safety of their employees and potentially jeopardize their lives.”

In the eight inspections, OSHA investigators identified 32 safety violations with $819,417 in proposed penalties. In each, the agency found the company failed to provide workers with required fall safety protection. In addition, investigators cited the company for the following:

  • Allowing employees to use portable ladders unsafely.
  • Exposing employees to silica hazards and failing to train workers to recognize them.
  • Allowing the operation of machines without required guards.
  • Failing to have hazardous communication or written exposure control programs.
  • Not providing employees with eye and face protection.

OSHA conducted the eight inspections as follows:

Inspection dateInspection siteCited violationsProposed penalty
Nov. 16, 2023131 Wisteria Court, Freehold1 willful, 1 serious$78,080
Nov. 16, 202370 Magnolia Drive, Freehold1 willful, 1 repeat, 4 serious$107,488
Dec. 14, 202321 Charlotte St., Marlton1 willful, 3 repeat, 4 serious$133,575
Jan. 30, 202412 Ashlynn Court, Manalapan1 repeat, 1 serious$21,293
Feb. 6, 20241001 Tuckerton Road, Evesham2 willful, 3 repeat, 2 serious$183,261
Feb. 29, 202429 Ward Ave., Rumson1 willful$70,982
March 8, 202437 Vinegold Drive, Mullica Hill2 willful, 1 serious$134,864
March 19, 20244 Tori Lane, Manalapan1 willful, 1 repeat, 1 serious$89,604

Registered in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Road Contractor Corp. provides wood framing and sheathing services for residential construction projects. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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Original article published by OSHA