OSHA Finds Florida Contractor Exposed Employees to Fall Hazards
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Action Roofing Services Inc., based in Pompano Beach, Fla., for exposing employees to safety hazards at two Florida worksites.
The roofing contractor faces $146,280 in penalties.
OSHA cited the contractor for failing to provide fall protection to employees installing roofing tile at both worksites. At the Port Saint Lucie worksite, OSHA also cited Action Roofing for improperly using the upper section of an extension ladder to gain access to a roof, and for placing the ladder in front of a door without securing it.
At the Palm Beach Garden worksite, the agency cited the contractor for failing to train workers on how to recognize and prevent fall hazards. OSHA conducted the inspections in conjunction with the agency’s Regional Emphasis Program for Falls in Construction.
“Falls continue to be a leading cause of injuries and fatalities in construction,” said OSHA Area Office Director Condell Eastmond, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “Employers must provide workers performing roofing activities with appropriate fall protection to help ensure their safety.”
OSHA’s Protecting Roofing Workers booklet explains fall protection requirements, and how to set up personal fall arrest and fall restraint systems, and properly secure ladders.
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.