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Colima Construction received more than $120,000 in penalties for violations that included failing to protect workers from falls

COURTESY: OREGON OSHA - Photos of Colima Construction workers carrying plywood from heights greater than six feet without proper fall protect system in place resulted in Oregon OSHA citing the Canby company for safety violations at two job sites in Eugene.A Canby-based construction company has been fined more than $121,000 for violating safety rules, including failing to protect workers from potentially fatal falls, according to the Oregon Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

Colima Construction LLC was cited for the violations as the result of inspections the agency conducted at two job sites on Tyson Lane in Eugene this past June where the company was doing residential framing and roofing work.

At both locations, employees were working at heights that required the use of fall protection systems as per safety regulations. However, Colima Construction failed to provide those systems.

Oregon OSHA has rules for the types of systems that must be used when workers are involved in certain construction activities at certain heights in order to protect them against falls, which are the leading cause of death on construction sites. In the case of the two Eugene job sites, Colima Construction had no fall restraint or similar systems in place for employees who were exposed to potential falls from heights of six feet or more at both job sites.

The recent violations represent the third time since 2018 that Colima Construction has broken the same fall-protection requirement, according to Oregon OSHA. In light of the repeat violations, the agency fined the company $60,000 for each of the most recent occurrences.

During the two Eugene job site inspections, it was found that Colima Construction also allowed employees to use the top and top steps of eight- and six-foot ladders and allowed an employee to use a pneumatic nail gun without appropriate eye protection. Those two infractions carried fines of $600 each, bringing the total the company's total fines to $121,200.

Notice of the citations was issued by Oregon OSHA on Sept. 26. Colima Construction has 30 days from that date to appeal the citations and fines.


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