The Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards has taken action against a contractor, revoking their construction supervisor’s license for a minimum of two years. This decision follows a complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Labor, citing multiple violations of federal fall safety regulations and the contractor’s failure to settle over $300,000 in associated penalties.

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Regulators Suspend Contractor’s License for 2 Years

The Department’s Regional Solicitor’s Office and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) presented evidence against the contractor before the board’s hearing officer and secured a favorable decision to revoke their license. The hearing officer mandated the contractor to surrender his license and cease work on active building permits until a successor is appointed or their license is reinstated.

OSHA estimates that the contractor holds numerous active building permits across Massachusetts. For instance, records indicate the contractor possessed hundreds of permits between 2020 and 2022 alone. 

Employee Safety Is Non-Negotiable

Galen Blanton, OSHA Regional Administrator in Boston, emphasized the critical importance of worker safety, particularly in the construction industry. Blanton stated, the contractor’s “persistent disregard for employee safety, especially regarding fall hazards, compelled the Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards to take decisive action.”

Under Massachusetts law, construction supervisors must adhere to safety standards outlined in the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Failure to comply can result in license revocation.

Maia Fisher, Regional Solicitor of Labor in Boston, underscored the significance of prioritizing workplace safety. Fisher emphasized, “Employers in the construction sector must adhere to federal safety standards and prioritize employee well-being. Non-compliance can lead to severe repercussions, both at the federal and state levels.”

Inspections were conducted by OSHA’s Andover area office, with litigation handled by the Department’s Office of the Solicitor in Boston.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, falls from elevation accounted for 423 out of 1,056 construction worker fatalities in 2022. This alarming statistic highlights the urgent need for strict adherence to safety regulations in the industry.


This case serves as a reminder to small and midsize business owners of the consequences of disregarding employment laws and safety regulations. Upholding workplace safety standards not only protects employees but also safeguards the reputation and viability of the business. Compliance is paramount for fostering a culture of safety and ensuring the well-being of all workers.

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