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First Day Injury Prompts Fine

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

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Federal workplace safety regulators say a Florida roofing contractor’s safety failures resulted in the partial impalement of a worker in March. It had been the worker’s first day on the job.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration levied $152,145 in fines against Fast Carpentry Inc., of Homestead, for one willful and one repeat hazard at a residential jobsite in Bay Harbor Islands. OSHA announced the citations Thursday (Sept. 29).

An OSHA spokesman said that the company has not responded to the citations.

Injury Sparks Investigation

On March 23, an 18-year-old employee of Fast Carpentry was installing roofing sheathing when a gust of wind caught the plywood he was carrying causing him to fall approximately 14 feet to the ground, OSHA said.

The worker suffered serious injuries in the fall as he was partially impaled through his upper thigh and buttocks when he landed on a metal fence post.

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The company was cited after an 18-year-old employee installing roofing materials fell 14 feet landing on a metal fence post.

"Fast Carpentry continues to put employees' lives at risk by intentionally and repeatedly ignoring OSHA's standards, and as a result of the company's reckless actions, a young worker nearly lost his life on his first day on the job," said Condell Eastmond, OSHA's area director in Fort Lauderdale.

"The company must take immediate action to cease the practice of putting workers' lives in jeopardy."

The company was cited for a willful citation, carrying a $124,709 penalty, for allegedly failing to ensure that each employee engaged in residential construction activities 6 feet or more above lower levels were protected against falls.

Fast Carpentry was hit with a repeat citation, carrying a $27,436 fine, for allegedly not providing a training program for each employee potentially exposed to fall hazards. The company had been previously cited for similar hazards in 2013.

Falls are the leading cause of death in construction and a leading cause of OSHA citations.


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

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