Business Owner Sentenced to Jail for Violating Fall Standards

After an investigation by OSHA, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Fort Myers Division, sentenced Stalin Rene Barahona — former owner of the now-dissolved SB Framing Services Inc. in Naples, Florida — to 30 days in prison. Barahona pleaded guilty to one count of willfully violating federal fall protection standards. He began serving his sentence on Feb. 26, 2020.

On Sept. 26, 2015, OSHA conducted a fatality investigation after an SB Framing Services’ employee fatally fell while doing construction work at a new residence in Naples. OSHA cited the company for a willful violation for failing to ensure the use of a fall-protection system, and a serious violation for failing to train employees to recognize potential fall hazards.

“This enforcement action demonstrates that OSHA will utilize every resource available to ensure that safety and health standards are followed to protect employees from potential risk,” said OSHA’s Regional Administrator Kurt Petermeyer, in Atlanta, Georgia.

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