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Woodburn contractor fined $52,500 for breaking safety rules

Companys owner says he will pay fine, seek training


by: OREGON OSHA - Woodburn-based Bravo Construction Services LLC was fined $52,000 for not protecting workers from falls at this building in Beaverton. A Woodburn-based construction company was fined $52,500 for repeatedly not protecting its employees from falls, according to the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division.

Bravo’s Construction Services LLC, which incorporated in September 2012 after being known previously as Bravo’s Painting Co., has been fined six times since December for a lack of fall protection, according to an OSHA press release. The latest fine resulted from an inspection on June 11 at a building in Beaverton. by: OSHA - OSHA fined Bravo $1,350 on Aug. 27 for exposing workers to lead and asbestos at a Portland construction site.

Additionally, OSHA fined Bravo $1,350 on Aug. 27 for exposing workers to lead and asbestos at a Portland construction site, according to the press release.

Bravo’s registered owner, Carlos Lopez-Bravo, said the fines were levied on sites where he had hired private subcontractors.

The crews he hired, however, were not licensed and fell under his license as a result, he said.

“Sometimes I have a lot of work and have to hire someone else,” he said. “I don’t have any problems with my main crew, but when I hire someone else, this is what happens.”

Bravo will meet with OSHA to discuss steps for training and share that training with future subcontractors, he said.

“I need to keep working,” he said. “I want to make sure whoever I hire has the training to set up these sites correctly.”

Ultimately, it’s up to the employer to be responsible and make sure the employees are safe,” said Melanie Mesaros, OSHA spokeswoman.

said. “It’s their responsibility to make sure their workers are on the job.”

OSHA also has an open investigation against the Bravo on a building in Eugene, Mesaros said.

The lack of training is not an excuse for breaking the rules either, OSHA's Mesaros said.

"We expect them to train their workers," she said. "That's part of the rules, regardless."

According to Oregon administrative rules, employers must protect employees from falls when working at heights of 10 feet or more. The typical penalty for a first-time violation ranges from $400 to $1,000 for a small employer and increases with each repeat violation.

"Falls are among the leading causes of serious injuries and fatalities in construction and have been for many years," said Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood, in the press release. "There is no reason for a company to continually disregard the simple safety measures that can keep its workers safe."




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