OSHA CITES ROOFING AND CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES FOR FALL HAZARDS

Noelle Holladay True (true@rwktlaw.com)

On April 18, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued multiple citations to Premier Roofing Company LLC (the controlling employer) and Walter Construction LTD (the subcontractor) alleging various violations related to fall hazards.  On December 21, 2015, OSHA investigated a complaint in Denver, Colorado about employees who were exposed to fall hazards as they were installing shingles on a three-story building.  Two days later, investigators returned to the site and found workers exposed to the same fall hazards.

Premier was issued two repeat violations, and five serious violations, and fined $90,860.  Walter was cited for seven serious violations and fined $16,800.

©RAJKOVICH, WILLIAMS, KILPATRICK & TRUE, PLLC 2016

2016 NATIONAL FALL PREVENTION STAND-DOWN

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s 3rd annual National Fall Prevention Stand-Down is May 2 – 6, 2016. This event raises awareness in the construction industry of preventing fall hazards. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that 337 of the 874 construction-related fatal accidents in 2014 were the result of falls, making them the leading cause of work-related death in construction.

Fall protection violations are OSHA’s most frequently cited hazardous work conditions.  The Stand-Down is aimed at raising awareness of the need for more emphasis on curtailing these preventable accidents. The Stand-Down is part of OSHA’s Fall Prevention Campaign launched in 2012.

The Stand-Down is a voluntary program where employers take a work break to discuss fall hazard prevention. OSHA’s FAQ page provides details on how employers can participate.

©RAJKOVICH, WILLIAMS, KILPATRICK & TRUE, PLLC 2016