An inspector for the Occupational Health and Safety Administration driving by a job site in North Andover, Massachusetts, saw three employees working without required safety equipment, the agency said. The employees of Force Corp. could have fallen 18 feet. The company was cited for one willful violation for knowing about the hazard, which had been the source of citations against the company in the past at jobs in both Massachusetts and Connecticut. There also were four serious violations--improperly sized ladders, damaged or uninspected safety harnesses, and electric shock hazards. “These employees were one slip, trip or misstep away from a deadly or disabling fall," said local OSHA director Anthony Novello . "We began an inspection immediately. Even after the employees donned fall protection equipment, it was defective and inadequate at preventing falls. " The company could not be reached for comment.
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