Ohio Roofing Contractor Faces $247K in Penalties for Repeated Fall Safety Violations
MARTIN, Ohio — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Mike Krueger — doing business as Altogether Roofing in Martin, Ohio — for exposing employees to fall hazards.
In a release, OSHA stated the contractor faces penalties totaling $247,544 for willful, repeated and serious violations of OSHA standards at construction sites in Toledo and Perrysburg, Ohio.
OSHA inspectors cited Krueger for failing to install and require the use of a guardrail, safety net, or personal fall arrest system, train employees on fall hazards, and develop an accident prevention program. Inspectors also cited the company for a repeated violation for unsafe ladder use, and a serious violation for failing to require eye protection for employees operating pneumatic nail guns.
OSHA has cited Krueger for fall protection violations five times since 2008.
“Falls continue to be the number one cited standard by OSHA,” said OSHA Toledo Area Director Kim Nelson. “Employers are expected to provide safe workplaces for their workers.”
OSHA offers compliance assistance resources on preventing falls from ladders, scaffolds, and roofs on the OSHA Fall Protection webpage at www.osha.gov/SLTC/fallprotection/.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the 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.
View the citations here.
OSHA has cited multiple roofing contractors in 2019 for similar fall safety violations and hit them with hefty penalties. This includes a New Jersey contractor, an Illinois contractor, and most recently, two contractors in Florida.