A Missouri chapter of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers union has filed a safety complaint against a company doing brickwork on a new apartment building in Columbia alleging unsafe scaffolding. A report in The Columbia Missourian notes that Turcios Masonry Inc., a contractor based in Tennessee, is responsible for the scaffolding at the project.
According to the complaint, during the week of May 11 through 15 workers "were exposed to multiple fall hazards and imminent danger while working on horrendous scaffold" in violation of Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards. Workers have been using exterior scaffolds to place brick on the sides of the upper-floors of the six-story apartment building.
The complaint cites several OSHA standards from scaffold-specific construction regulations governing the width of and spacing between planks, sturdy footings, ladders and guardrail systems. The complaint also cites regulations about the responsibility of an employer to train employees who work on scaffolds to understand and avoid hazards, including electrical, falling objects and falling from the platforms. They also are to be made aware of the weight limits of scaffolds.
OSHA has not yet commented on the complaint.