OSHA Penalizes Missouri Roofing Contractor for Fall Hazards at Three Jobsites
ST. LOUIS — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Martin Davila, operating as Davila Construction, for exposing employees to fall hazards at three separate Missouri jobsites in May, June, and August 2019.
The residential roofing company faces $205,098 in proposed penalties.
In a release, OSHA inspectors stated they issued safety violations at jobsites in Wentzville, Grover, and St. Louis. Inspectors cited Davila Construction for failing to provide adequate fall protection for employees working at heights; train employees on fall safety hazards and procedures, and the safe use of ladders; and provide personal protective equipment to employees using pneumatic nail guns.
OSHA also alleges the company violated electrical safety standards, and allowed the operation of internal combustion engines in close proximity to a five-gallon gas can. OSHA also cited Davila for failing to develop and maintain a safety program, a violation OSHA cited the company with in 2014.
"Workplace safety and health standards are legal requirements adopted to protect workers from hazards on the job," said OSHA St. Louis Area Director Bill McDonald. "Disregarding required OSHA safety procedures places workers at risk for serious and fatal injuries."
OSHA offers compliance assistance resources on Protecting Roofing Workers, safely storing flammable materials, and recommendations for developing a safety and health program.
Martin Davila has 15 business days from receipt of the citation to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Fall protection is the most cited violation of 2019, according to OSHA and the National Safety Council.
View the citation here.