JAMESTOWN – A City of Jamestown construction contractor was cited by OSHA for not properly removing asbestos while on the job site.
The U.S. Department of Labor says Rex Harper, who does business as REH Property Maintenance, failed to protect employees from exposure to asbestos while doing work for Superior Steel Door and Trim Company.
Labor officials also said Harper did not install proper barriers, ventilation and enclosures while doing the work.
He also reportedly did not clean up and dispose of asbestos materials; launder and transport protective clothing; and implement respiratory protection and asbestos training programs for employees.
Harper faces a total of $168,772 in proposed penalties.
OSHA additionally cited Superior Steel Door and Trim Company for failing to determine the presence, location, and quantity of asbestos-containing materials; develop and implement a chemical hazard communication program; and for a fall hazard involving a forklift.
Proposed penalties for that group totals $12,124.