OSHA proposed the largest fine for PCL — $132,598 — for a willfully failing to make sure the formwork was designed and built correctly. Specifically, OSHA said that PCL used bolts and brackets on a shear wall to support the formwork rather than the shoring towers that were required. The agency said this created a collapse hazard.
PCL’s willful fine was the maximum penalty the agency can dole out for that type of violation. OSHA considers a safety violation to be willful if an employer knowingly fails to comply with an OSHA standard or other legal requirement or acts with “plain indifference” to the safety of workers on the site.