Wisconsin roofing contractor neglects fall protection procedures
Posted December 1, 2015
For the fourth time in three years, a Wisconsin roofing contractor was found ignoring laws — twice by federal inspectors and twice by state inspectors. The employer allegedly put workers at risk by allowing them to work without fall protection equipment. In the latest instance, OSHA inspectors observed seven of the company’s employees working at heights of up to 25 feet at a residential site without fall protection equipment.
OSHA issued the company two willful, one repeated, and three serious safety citations which they received on November 20. Proposed penalties from the agency's April 2015 inspection total $112,200. This is the fourth time OSHA has cited the company for not providing fall protection at job sites in Wisconsin and Minnesota. In 2014, OSHA and Minnesota OSHA cited the company for failing to provide fall protection at residential sites in Marshfield and Duluth, Minnesota. The company was also cited in 2013 for violations in Duluth. The business has not responded to OSHA and Minnesota OSHA to resolve the citations and penalties.
The company 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.
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