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OSHA cracks down on solar contractors for safety violations

HONOLULU (AP) - As Hawaii's rooftop solar industry continues to grow, more contractors are being hit with fines relating to fall protection violations.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports half the state's top 10 contractors have had to pay fines for fall protection violations over the past five years.

Most of the five solar companies that have been fined say they have policies in place to prevent workers from falling.

A union training director, Enrique Subiono, says safety rules are broken when workers try and work too fast. But Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health administrator, Diantha Goo, says making sure safety rules are followed is the employer's responsibility.

Subiono's roofers union requires workers to get safety training every two years, but for solar companies, it's up to the employer to prepare staff.

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