OSHA

Synergy Construction Group, a contractor based in Seaside, was fined more than $15,000 by the state for job safety violations on a residential roofing project last year.

The Oregon Occupational Health and Safety Administration said an inspection found two employees working on a roof with no protection against potential falls. The inspection was conducted after a complaint about the lack of fall protection.

According to Aaron Corwin, an Oregon OSHA spokesman, this is the fourth time Synergy Construction Group has violated the fall standard since February 2020, each of which resulted in fines.

Sabel Wilder, a company representative, said in an appeal that the violations were the actions of a subcontractor.

“The reason I did not participate in an opening or closing conference was because I told the inspector that I believed he had the wrong company,” he said. “I asked for any evidence that put our employees at the scene of the alleged violation, he said he could not produce any evidence, and was told someone said it was our company.

“Yes, we were the general contractor for this project, the project was subcontracted to another licensed company. If there were any violations, my advice for the inspector was to produce pictures or something that could substantiate his claims. He could not. For this reason I want a hearing.”

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