The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has levied a $44,660 fine against All-Set Roofing & Construction of Bowling Green, Ohio, for allowing three employees to work on a 15-foot-high roof without adequate fall protection. An OSHA inspection observed the violation in August at a residential worksite in nearby Fostoria. The workers were installing shingles on a roof with no guardrails, personal fall arrest systems or safety nets.
The agency cited All-Set for two violations: one willful violation for allowing its employees to work unprotected despite being aware of OSHA regulations, and one repeat violation for not training the workers in fall hazard prevention. The company was previously cited for this same reason in February after an inspection at another site.
"Falls are a leading cause of death in the construction industry, and many fatalities occur when a worker falls from a height of 10 feet or less," reminded Kim Nelson, OSHA's area director in Toledo, Ohio. "All-Set disregarded these three employees' lives and asked them to work on a roof without required fall protection."
Fall protection is one of OSHA's greatest areas of emphasis. The agency maintains a website with safety materials in both English and Spanish, including information on hazards and preventive measures. Under current standards, workers must have protection when working at heights above six feet.
Professional construction safety technicians can provide adequate training to workers, teaching them to identify and prevent hazardous situations at worksites. This will ensure the employees' well-being and help companies achieve compliance with all relevant regulations and avoid fines.