West Virginia project contractor cited for violations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An Ohio contractor on a West Virginia project has been cited for alleged workplace safety and health violations.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration says in a news release that it issued two willful, two repeat and three serious violations to Winesburg Builders of Millersburg, Ohio. The firm built townhouses in Big Chimney.

OSHA says roofers and framers were exposed to falls as high as 22 feet. Citations were also issued for a lack of eye and face protection while power equipment was used; working near unprotected openings in windows and stairways, and frayed electrical cords on an extension cord. The company also was cited for failing to conduct regular safety inspections.

Nearly $122,000 in fines were proposed against the company, which didn’t immediately return a telephone message Thursday.

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