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MIOSHA opens inspection at Grand Castle apartment construction

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Grand Castle - January 10, 2018

GRANDVILLE, Mich. – The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration tells FOX 17 that they have opened an inspection at the Grand Castle Apartments currently being built in Grandville.

The Public Information Officer with MIOSHA says that there have been three previous inspections at the site and two inspections in 2016 resulted in citations.  The inspection in 2017 was conducted in response to a complaint, but no citations were issued.

The violations were classified as nine “serious” violations and three “other-than-serious.”  The serious violations included issues like lack of guardrails on scaffolds, lack of failing object protections, lack safety gear on pneumatic equipment and floor holes not being covered.  Construction companies PRD Construction and Woodline Construction were named in the citations.

The spokesperson says the investigation may take several weeks to complete and the agency cannot comment further until that time.

The $36 million project was originally due to be completed in June 2017, but as of January 2018 is not yet complete.

Grand Castle replied to the issue on Friday.

“We are aware of MIOSHA’s investigation of our Grand Castle property. This is a routine procedure and not the result of any incident. With a property and project this size, which includes engaging numerous subcontractors, it is standard procedure for safety inspections to occur periodically. As we always do, our safety and project managers are cooperating with MIOSHA officials. Workplace safety is of the utmost importance to us, so we welcome these visits. Construction will continue throughout this process. Should MIOSHA have recommendations, then we’ll make adjustments accordingly. Their 2017 investigation had no findings.”

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