CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) – The holidays are a distant memory, but the Town of Carolina Beach is facing costly safety violations for the way workers hung decorations.
In late November, an inspector with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) noticed problems with the way town crews were working on holiday lights hanging from utility polls, according to a report from Town Manager Michael Cramer.
The inspector saw an electrical contractor riding in the bucket of a work truck that was being driven from one utility pole to another. The bucket was in the down position.
The OSHA employee also observed a town worker not wearing a hard hat in a work zone.
In February OSHA charged the town with three violations the agency classified as "serious."
Carolina Beach faced a $4,000 fine, but was able to reduce the penalty to $2,000 after meeting with OSHA to discuss steps the town takes to promote worker safety.
The employee who wasn't wearing his hard had received a written warning, according to Cramer's report.
The manager said he will coach supervisors on putting procedures in place to prevent future violations.
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