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Homemade Fall Protection Is Unsafe

Two men worked on a roof without taking the proper safety precautions and utilizing homemade fall protection. There was a photograph of Martin from Milton of Campsie and an employee working on the roof that was reported to the Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Martin had slid down a sloping roof to work at the roofs edge, while the employee held onto a piece of webbing strap that was attached to a rope which was connected to a harness worn by Mr. Martin. Neither employee was properly anchored for fall protection coverage. Furthermore, Martin was also observed throwing supplies up to the employee which created an additional drop hazard below the roof. Homemade fall protection is never a safe solution for working at heights.

Upon further investigation it was found that Inex Works had failed to ensure that the subcontractor had properly planned a safe system for working at height as well as using appropriate roof equipment. The fact that Martin wore a harness that was being held by an employee exposed them both to a risk of fall, injury, and even …
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Fall Protection OSHA Citation

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a fall protection OSHA citation to Aspen Contracting, for a serious violation on a Fountain, Colorado job site.  The infraction was against 29CFR 1926.20(b)(2).

According to OSHA, Aspen Contracting Inc., as a controlling employer is failing to conduct frequent and regular inspections of its jobsites, materials, and equipment by a competent person where its subcontractors are performing work.  The violation was observed on July 18, 2018 when a subcontractor (J Cuellar, LLC) were performing roof work without fall protection.  Aspen Contracting failed to ensure that frequent and regular inspections took place at this jobsite.

The serious fall protection OSHA citation was accompanied by a fine of $12,195.  Aspen Contracting has until January 10th 2019 to abate the violation.  Abatement requires corrective action and documentation that frequent and regular inspections are being conducted by a competent person at job sites to ensure subcontracted employees are not exposed to hazardous conditions and fall hazards.

OSHA Regional Emphasis Program

In Seattle, an OSHA Regional Emphasis Program has been launched.  The purpose of the REP program is to address fall hazards in the Pacific Northwest, specifically within the construction industry.

The states covered by this new program are Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.  The new program will go into effect after a period of outreach and education.  According to OSHA the enforcement activities will include “onsite inspections and evaluations of construction operations, working conditions, record keeping, and safety and health programs to ensure compliance.”

“Falls are the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry,” Barbara Goto, Region 10 acting administrator and Region 9 administrator, said in the release. “This emphasis program is designed to reinforce the requirement to use fall protection systems to protect workers from serious and fatal injuries.”

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Maximum OSHA Penalty Proposed

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Kasper Roofing & Construction Inc. for exposing employees to fall and other hazards after an employee suffered fatal injuries at a Maitland, Florida, worksite. The Orlando, Florida-based roofing contractor faces $134,510 in penalties, the maximum OSHA penalty allowed by law.

OSHA inspectors determined that the employee was performing residential roofing activities without fall protection when he fell. OSHA also cited the company for failing to provide fall protection training to employees and conduct frequent inspections to ensure employees were utilizing fall protection.

“Workers can be protected from falls by the use of harnesses and other fall protection devices,” said OSHA Tampa Area Office Director Les Grove. “This tragedy could have been prevented if the employer had complied with OSHA’s fall protection standards.”

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers …
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Lacking Skylight Fall Protection Causes Injury

In Sandusky, Ohio Cedar Point LP’s lacking skylight fall protection resulted in a serious injury fall and significant OSHA fine.  Upon investigation, OSHA inspectors determined that the employee fell through an unprotected skylight during a three person operation to remove insulating blankets and roof covers.

The proposed fines equal $142,270 for one willful and one serious violation.  “Falls like this are preventable if employers provide required fall protection systems when employees work at elevated heights, or near floor and wall openings,” said OSHA Toledo Area Office Director Kimberly Nelson.

A press release was issued by Cedar Point stating the following, “safety for all associates and guests is Cedar Point’s number one priority. Cedar Point is committed to following all recommended guidelines and procedures as set forth by OSHA. The park has just recently received communication from OSHA and the documents are under review.”

There were no specifics given as to the injuries or the date of the accident.

Skylight Fall Protection

Skylights can easily be covered or guarded to prevent this type of accident and injury. Product options include protective barrier guardrail, …
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Recycling Plant Receives OSHA Citation

An Alabama recycling plant receives OSHA citation after a worker is hospitalized following a 30 foot fall.  Thorpe Plant Services, Inc. and Steel Dust Recycling faces $175, 528 and $28, 270 respectively in proposed penalties for fall and confined space hazards.

According to the OSHA press release they cited Thorpe the maximum allowable penalty for exposing employees to fall hazards. The Agency also cited the company for failing to conduct atmospheric monitoring before allowing employees to enter a confined space; failing to develop a permit prior to employees entering a confined space; and to ensure emergency services were provided when employees entered a permit-required confined space. OSHA cited Steel Dust for exposing employees to fall hazards, failing to implement their permit space entry program, and not advising Thorpe that the required work involved a permit space entry.

“Both companies’ failure to comply with fall prevention requirements led to a serious injury that could have been prevented,” said OSHA Birmingham Area Office Director Ramona Morris.

The companies have 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an …
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Fatal Fall Causes OSHA Citation

In Colorado a fatal fall causes OHSA citation for two construction companies.  The fall took place on a jobsite in Greenwood Village in March of 2018.  The penalties associated with the citations for the two firms are proposed at $177,893.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that Hammers Construction and Montes Construction did not provide proper fall protection and further more did not prevent employees from standing on the mid rails of scissor lifts.  During the installation of metal roof panels while on the scissor lift the employee fell.  Hammers proposed fine totals $97,002 while Montes proposed will be near $81,000.

This is following two fall related willful citations in January of 2018 for Montes Construction with fines totaling $6,652 which was negotiated to a reduced fine of $3,992.  Hamers construction had received a fall related complaint in September of 2016 but was not cited by OSHA.

Florida Roofer Cited by OSHA

Florida roofer cited by OSHA again.  Crown Roofing LLC, out of Sarasota, Florida was cited for exposing employees to fall hazards at a Jupiter work site.  In addition to the citation, OSHA has proposed $149,662 in fines.

The investigation occurred as part of the OSHA Regional Emphasis Program for Falls in Construction.  One of the citations issued was for a repeat violation for failure to use a guardrail, safety net, or personal fall arrest system while working at a height greater than 6 feet.  Additionally, there was not a competent person regularly scheduled to inspect the job site, materials and equipment.  There were no maintained written certification records for any training provided.

“This employer is risking the safety of workers by failing to comply with fall protection requirements,” said Condell Eastmond, OSHA’s Fort Lauderdale Area Office director. “Fall hazards are well known, but they can be eliminated when workers are trained and protective equipment is properly used.”

Roofing Contractor Fined by OSHA

Yet another roofing contractor fined by OSHA in May of 2018.  Jose Barrientos exposed employees to falls and other safety hazards while at work.  The total proposed penalties equal $191,071 for two willful and six serious violations.

While at the residential site in Derby, Kansas OSHA inspectors observed a workers not using fall protection.  The citation was for failing to provide adequate fall, eye and face protection; train workers on hazards, ladder usage , and hazardous materials; and clear debris from the work area.  This is the fifth citation for fall hazards for this company within the past ten years.

“This employer’s continued failure to comply with federal safety requirements needlessly exposed workers to a number of serious hazards, including falls, which are the leading cause of injury in the construction industry,” said Ryan Hodge, OSHA Wichita Area Office Director.

Barrientos has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act …
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OSHA News Release

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Framing Contractor For Exposing Employees to Dangerous Falls

OSHA News Release JACKSONVILLE, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Desouza Framing Inc. for exposing employees to dangerous falls at two northwest Florida worksites. The Jacksonville-based residential framing contractor faces proposed penalties of $199,178.

OSHA inspected a worksite in Jacksonville in October 2017 after observing the company’s employees performing roofing activities at heights up to 11 feet without fall protection. The Agency conducted a second inspection two months later at a jobsite in St. Johns where inspectors saw employees working at heights of up to 22 feet without fall protection. OSHA cited the employer for two willful citations for failing to ensure the use of fall protection. The inspections were part of the Agency’s Regional Emphasis Program for Falls in Construction.

“Employers are required to provide employees with fall protection when they work at heights of six feet or higher,” said Brian Sturtecky, OSHA Jacksonville Area Office Director. “Desouza Framing Inc. is putting workers at risk of serious injury by failing to …
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