The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has

cited Maxim Construction Group Corp. for seventeen safety and health violations, all of which

have been deemed serious safety violations. They come in response to an inspection of a

worksite in Hallandale Beach, Florida in October of 2014 after several complaints were filed.

These violations are for hazards relating to fall, respiratory protection against silica, and hearing

conservation hazards. These violations carry proposed penalties of $119,000.

“Maxim Construction endangered the lives of its employees as they worked high off the ground

from scaffolds that weren’t assembled correctly,” said Condell Eastmond, director of OSHA’s

Fort Lauderdale Area Office. “This company needs to review its safety procedures and make

immediate changes. We will continue to hold companies accountable and issue citations for

safety violations that threaten worker’s safety and health.”

The complaints were for alleged fall hazards at the worksite. But as you can see, the OSHA

inspectors did not simply review the fall hazards, they did a complete inspection of the facility.

This is why it is imperative to have an updated and accurate safety plan in place at your

company. Should an inspection be performed, OSHA will not simply investigate the initial

complaint, but instead the entire facility.

If you have not recently reviewed or updated your safety plans and goals at your company, it

might be time to do so. At least annually, and as often as quarterly, you should be reviewing your

plans to ensure they are still compliant. And if you have any questions about this review process,

it is recommended to consult a qualified third party occupational safety and health auditing firm.

If you have any questions about this inspection or about updating your safety policies and

procedures, please contact us. If you have anything to add about the importance of regularly

monitoring your safety procedures, please leave a comment.