The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Scot Christopher Rule LLC for exposing workers to lead and other workplace hazards as the company renovated and remodeled a worksite in Easton.
The Flemington, N.J.-based painting and wall covering contractor faces $104,637 in proposed penalties related to work it completed for a building in the Silk project in Easton. Once complete, Silk will feature a mix of upscale apartments and commercial space in a former mill complex at 13th and Bushkill streets.
The site was at 1253 Simon Blvd., Building L.
According to an inspection detail report from OSHA, the agency completed a follow-up inspection in February after the company failed to provide proof of abatement related to a 2017 investigation. Inspectors cited the company with four willful violations that included failing to provide employees with training and information concerning lead and hazardous chemicals; failing to conduct an initial determination to identify employees’ level of exposure to lead and for not having a written lead compliance program.
In addition, OSHA cited Scot Christopher Rule for permitting improper use of respirators.
In May, OSHA completed a second inspection after a complaint that the employer exposed employees operating aerial lifts to fall hazards and cited additional violations.
Scot Christopher Rule did not immediately return a call requesting comment.
OSHA based the citation on OSHA’s activity at the site, which was the same location as the previous 2017 inspection, said Joanna Hawkins, deputy regional director for the Department of Labor’s Philadelphia office.
In looking at the company’s history, it does not appear they were issued a citation in 2015. Facts did not support issuing a citation to the developer, she added.
OSHA said the contractor has 15 days from the receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Commission.