The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited general contractor Affordable Exteriors Inc. of Omaha, Nebraska, after determining that four workers were exposed to fall hazards during a roofing job in the neighborhood of Elkhorn. The penalty is just the latest of several levied against this company over the past decade, which has led to OSHA placing it on the Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP).
The four employees were working on the roof of a residential unit while contracted to custom home builder Hildy Homes. According to the report, they were spotted on a steep section of the roof at heights of nine to 18 feet without fall protection during an inspection on June 17. OSHA cited Affordable Exteriors for two willful violations after learning that the workers had not received proper training.
The company has been cited five other times over the past 10 years and, according to OSHA, has yet to pay more than $51,000 in outstanding fines stemming from those incidents. During the latest inspection, the owner failed to provide requested documents until the agency initiated actions to obtain a subpoena.
"Affordable Exteriors clearly hasn't made worker safety a priority. It has consistently broken the law by failing to provide fall protection to those employees working on roofs," said Marcia Drumm, acting OSHA director in Kansas City. "Since 2005, the company repeatedly refused to protect employees and provide proof that it fixed hazards found during OSHA inspections."
Along with physical security measures, fall safety training is essential for accident prevention at construction sites. Workers and supervisors should be able to identify potential hazards and take adequate action to avoid incidents.