BOCA RATON, Fla. — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Action Roofing Services Inc. — based in Pompano Beach, Fla.– for exposing employees to fall hazards at a worksite in Boca Raton, Fla.

The roofing contractor faces $51,952 in penalties.

According to a release, OSHA initiated the inspection as part of the Regional Emphasis Program for Falls in Construction. The agency cited the company for allowing employees to engage in roofing activities without a conventional fall protection system. It is the third such citation that OSHA has issued the contractor in the last three years, having cited the company on July 30, 2018, Jan. 3, 2019, and March 11, 2020. In the most recent citation in March, Action Roofing Services had workers on a 4:12 pitch roof that were not using fall protection equipment to prevent a 10-foot fall.

“Employers must take necessary steps to identify and eliminate workplace hazards. Failure to do so places their employees at severe risk for injuries and fatalities,” said OSHA Acting Area Director Beatriz Cabrera, in Fort Lauderdale. “Employers can reach out to OSHA for compliance assistance to ensure their worksites are free from recognized hazards.”

OSHA’s Fall Protection in Residential Construction webpage provides resources on various residential activities, including roof sheathing and installing tile roofs, as well as questions and answers about OSHA standards related to fall protection.

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.

View the full citation here.