OSHA Cites Unity Windows for Safety Violations

May 22nd, 2015 by Trey Barrineau

Nine contractors at the newly constructed Oasis Park Square residential development in Doral, Fla., including a window-installation firm, are facing a total of $152,000 in proposed penalties after inspectors from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found numerous serious safety violations at the work site.

OSHA inspectors first toured Oasis Park Square in November 2014, and this week the agency issued citations to Unity Windows Inc., of Medley, Fla.; Shoma Alliance Management Corp., the project manager; Garmon Construction Corp.; Zavala & Associates Inc.; Blue Panther Roofing & Construction Corp.; PP All Corp.; Fast Carpentry 1 Inc.; and New World Masonry Inc.

“Shoma Alliance Management Corp. and its contractors exposed their employees to numerous safety hazards or permitted multiple risks, including falls that could have resulted in death or serious injury,” said Condell Eastmond, director of OSHA’s Fort Lauderdale Area Office, in a statement. “Developers and general contractors are responsible for the safety of employees at their work sites. OSHA will continue to hold them accountable for the employees’ safety.”

According to OSHA documents, Unity Windows received two citations totaling $10,000. Both were for failing to protect workers from falls.

This isn’t Unity’s first run-in with OSHA. In 2007, the company was issued three citations related to hazard communications, power tools and electrical hazards.

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