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OSHA cites company for lack of records

April 14, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Callas Contractors was cited for not keeping proper training records after a subcontracted worker was injured at the Baldwin House in January.

Maryland Occupational Safety and Health did not find the company at fault for the accident, according to records obtained this week.

Callas is now required to provide training records for subcontracted employees, but the company did not have to pay a fine for the violation, said Occupational Safety and Health administrator Joseph Seidel.

Paul Jordan, 34, of the first block of Winter Street was one of about 10 workers who were removing damaged flooring inside the Baldwin House on the first block of West Washington Street on Jan. 10, according to the records. The Callas supervisor instructed workers to watch for weak sub-floor and told them to support weak spots, the report said.

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Two of Jordan's co-workers on the fourth floor warned him about a weak sub-floor underneath the planks he was removing, state safety inspectors wrote, but Jordan "did not adhere to their warnings."

Jordan's foot broke through the sub-floor, which dangled above the floor below. He had to be extracted from the floor by a fire and rescue team, which lowered him via a firetruck ladder.

He was treated at Washington County Hospital for back pain and stayed several days, according to the report.

Although the Callas supervisor had properly instructed Jordan, the company was in violation of labor law because it was unable to provide a record that Jordan had been trained to protect himself against falls, the report said.

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