JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Jacksonville, Fla.-based roofing contractor has been fined nearly $133,000 by OSHA for allegedly exposing employees to fall hazards.
According to a release from the agency, OSHA inspected a worksite run by Florida Roofing Experts Inc. in Jacksonville as part of its Regional Emphasis Program on Falls in Construction.
OSHA said inspectors saw employees performing residential roofing activities without fall protection.
The citation indicates five employees were working on a residential roofing with a 3:12 pitch without the use of any type of fall protection systems and were exposed to a potential fall of more than 13 feet.
Further, the notice states that Florida Roofing Experts and its successor, Great White Construction, were cited three times since Aug. 24, 2017.
"Implementing OSHA’s safety standards can help protect employees from risk of serious or fatal injuries." said OSHA Jacksonville Area Director Michelle Gonzalez. "Employers have an obligation to provide personal protective equipment for their workers to prevent from falls from height."
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed 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.