Contractor fined $120K for safety violations at Eugene development

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Colima Construction exposed workers to potential fatal falls and serious eye injuries.

Posted: Oct 4, 2019 11:10 AM

EUGENE, Ore. – A Canby-based construction company is facing a more than $120,000 fine for safety violations at a new housing development in Eugene.

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Colima Construction LLC exposed workers to the potential of fatal falls and serious eye injuries.

Inspections of the job sites found that employees were exposed to falls greater than nine feet with no fall protection systems in place.

They said it is the third time since 2018 the company has failed to obey regulations that require a personal fall-restraint system or other measures when employees are exposed to potential falls of six feet or more. The penalty for each violation multiplies, according to agency rules.

“It is inexcusable to ignore fall protection rules that are specifically designed to prevent serious injury or death,” Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood said. “To ignore such rules repeatedly is to display a glaring lack of regard for worker safety.”

A worker was also found to be operating a pneumatic nail gun without using eye protection, exposing the person to the potential for a serious eye injury. This was also a repeat violation.

In total, Colima Construction was fined $121,200.

The company was doing roofing and framing work, officials said.

Oregon OSHA offers resources to help improve workplace safety. To learn more, click here

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 9636

Reported Deaths: 209
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah236169
Marion159547
Washington149120
Clackamas79524
Umatilla6674
Union3551
Lincoln3452
Deschutes2010
Lane1963
Malheur1601
Linn1569
Polk15412
Jackson1400
Yamhill1328
Jefferson1310
Klamath1251
Benton915
Hood River880
Wasco851
Morrow821
Clatsop490
Douglas450
Josephine441
Coos420
Columbia350
Lake200
Tillamook130
Crook120
Wallowa100
Curry80
Baker40
Sherman20
Grant10
Harney10
Gilliam00
Unassigned00
Wheeler00
Eugene
Overcast
58° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 58°
Corvallis
Overcast
57° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 57°
Roseburg
Overcast
58° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 58°
North Bend
Overcast
55° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 55°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events