Florida worker dies after fall from roof; company cited by OSHA

Contractor facing more than $53K in proposed penalties

Posted January 11, 2016

OSHA reports that a 32-year-old construction worker suffered deadly injuries in a fall at a Naples, Florida, building site on September 26, 2015. The employee worked for a company that was subcontracted to install sheathing and framing for a new residential project.

According to OSHA, the residential framer was working at a new residence when he lost his balance and fell from 19 feet to the ground below. He was transported to a hospital where he later died.

In its investigation, OSHA determined that the Naples-based company failed to ensure a fall protection system was in use.

OSHA issued one willful citation, related to the fatality, for allowing employees to work from heights up to 19.5 feet without fall protection. The company’s failure to provide workers with a training program on workplace safety resulted in a serious violation. Proposed penalties total $53,900.


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