Bricklayers and masons at a construction site in Philadelphia's Fairmount section worked on scaffolding that wasn't properly secured or cross-braced, didn't have enough planks on the floor, didn't shield workers from falling objects, and was, in some cases, erected too close to power lines, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in citing a South Jersey builder who had similar violations in 2014.
"Scaffolding hazards continue to be one of OSHA's most frequently cited violations. These well-known scaffold hazards could have been avoided if basic safety practices were implemented," OSHA Philadelphia area director Theresa Downs said in a statement.
The company, DH Construction LLC, owned by Vyacheslav "Slavik" Leshko and based in Monroe Township, Middlesex County, was also cited for failing to provide hard hats and train workers on safety, following an inspection in March. The company faces penalties of $191,215 for eight repeat and two serious violations. Leshko has about two weeks to abate the violations or contest the citations.
In 2014, another Leshko-owned company, T&S Masonry in Huntingdon Valley, was cited for similar violations at Philadelphia work sites. Leshko could not be reached for comment.