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Fines Levied for Fall Hazards

Monday, August 24, 2015

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Federal safety authorities have proposed $47,000 in fines against an Ohio roofing contractor with a history of safety violations.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited A & W Roofing LLC, of Middleton, with four alleged willful safety violations after a June 3 inspection at a residential job site in Strongsville.

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OSHA cited A & W Roofing LLC for alleged safety violations, including the lack of fall protection.

The company could not be reached Friday (Aug. 21) for comment. A & W Roofing does not have a website.

Fall Dangers

In an announcement issued Aug. 18, OSHA said investigators found workers installing roofing materials while exposed to fall hazards of more than 11 feet.

The company didn’t require the workers to use fall protection equipment, the agency alleged. OSHA requires employees engaged in residential construction activities of 6 feet or more above a lower level to be protected by fall protection equipment, a guardrail system, or a safety net system.

Further, the company was alleged to have not provided protective helmets or eye protection to the workers.

OSHA Record

The company has been previously cited for failing to provide fall protection in May 2014 and March 2015, according to OSHA. An OSHA spokesman said the company has more than $11,000 in unpaid fines from those cases.

"This company is effectively ignoring OSHA," said OSHA spokesman Scott Allen.

Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland, said, “A & W Roofing continues to refuse to provide fall protection to its workers or cooperate” with the agency.

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Fall protection ranks at the top of OSHA's list of most cited standards.

“A worker can be severely injured or killed in a fall in mere seconds. Falls remain the leading cause of death in the construction industry. It is unacceptable for a company to fail in its legal obligation to protect workers on the job.”

The company has 15 business days after receiving citations to comply, contest the findings or request an informal conference. As of Friday, the company had not responded to the authorities.


Tagged categories: Citations; Enforcement; Ethics; Fall protection; Health and safety; OSHA; Regulations

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