The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a Kinzers contractor $61,600 for a third instance of serious worksite hazards.
OSHA said Thursday it fined Rockvale Construction for two willful violations — forklift safety hazards and fall hazards up to 26 feet — at a worksite in Temple, Berks County.
According to OSHA, the latest incident is the third time since 2013 when OSHA found Rockvale Construction employees exposed to serious fall hazards in Temple.
“Despite previous citations, this company continues to disregard the safety standards in place to protect workers from falls, which are the leading cause of death in the construction industry,” said Kevin Kilp, OSHA's area director in Harrisburg.
OSHA added that it has placed Rockvale Construction into its Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates follow-up inspections.
Rockvale Construction, 4108 E. Newport Road, is building a multi-family housing project in Temple, according to OSHA.
According to OSHA, the contractor was cited for its “failure to properly attach the forklift platform to the forks of the forklift and ensure employees were protected from fall hazards while working from the forklift platform and the roof.”
Rockvale Construction has 15 days to contest the fine.
A phone message left with Rockvale Construction was not immediately returned.