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Commission Directs for Review Empire Roofing Company Southeast, LLC

DECISION AND ORDER   Empire Roofing Company Southeast, LLC, contests a one-item Citation and Notification of Penalty issued to it by the Secretary on June 5, 2013. The Secretary issued the Citation and Notification of Penalty following an inspection conducted by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Compliance Safety and Health Officer (CSHO) Michael Marquez on April 9, 2013, at a worksite in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Item 1 of the Citation alleges a serious violation of 29 C.F.R. § 1926.453(b)(2)(v), for permitting employees to work from an aerial lift without adequate fall protection. The Secretary proposed a penalty of $4,900.00 for Item 1. Empire timely contested the Citation and Notification of Penalty.

ALJ Decision and Order in J. Reed Contractors, Inc. Becomes a Final Order of the Commission

DECISION AND ORDER   J. Reed Constructors, Inc., (JRC) contests a one-item Citation and Notification of Penalty issued to it by the Secretary on October 5, 2012. The Secretary issued the Citation and Notification of Penalty following an inspection conducted by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Compliance Safety and Health Officer (CSHO) Jason Coffey on July 31, 2012, at a worksite in Plaquemine, Louisiana.

Heather L. MacDougall Sworn-In As OSHRC Commissioner

PRESS RELEASE   Heather L. MacDougall was sworn-in today as Commissioner of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission by Chairman Thomasina V. Rogers. Ms. MacDougall was nominated by President Obama for a term expiring April 27, 2017, and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 12, 2014. She fills the seat previously held by former Commissioner Horace A. "Topper" Thompson. She is the fifth woman to be named as a member in the Review Commission's 43-year history, joining current Chairman Rogers and Commissioner Cynthia L. Attwood.

ALJ Decision on Remand in Quinlan Enterprises Becomes a Final Order of the Commission

DECISION AND ORDER ON REMAND   On August 7, 2012, the Secretary issued a three-item Citation and Notification of Penalty to Quinlan Enterprises following an inspection conducted by CSHO Gordon Bower at a multi-employer construction site in Albany, Georgia. Quinlan was the steel erection subcontractor on the project (an expansion of an existing high school). The general contractor for the project was Kinney Construction and the structural steel subcontractor was Gerdau AmeriSteel.

Commission Issues Decision in LJC Dismantling Corp.

DECISION   Following an inspection, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued LJC Dismantling Corporation a nine-item citation alleging serious violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, 29 U.S.C. §§ 651-678, with a total proposed penalty of $16,800. The Secretary withdrew one of the citation items, and Administrative Law Judge Dennis L. Phillips issued a decision affirming the remaining eight items. At issue on review are three of the affirmed items—Citation 1, Items 5, 7 and 8—all of which involve an LJC employee's use of a scaffold, from which he fell when struck from overhead by a falling object. For the reasons discussed below, we vacate Items 5 and 8, and affirm Item 7.