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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, August 25, 2014

OSHA Repeat Violator - Fall Hazards

Though not a major citation, this is an interesting case:

Roofing contractor cited for repeatedly exposing workers to dangerous fall hazards

Falls are the #1 cause of fatalities at construction sites
SAVOY, Illinois – Roofing contractor Juan Manuel Antonio-Martinez has been cited for three willful safety violations for exposing workers to fall hazards at two separate residential home sites. OSHA has proposed penalties of $85,800. This is the fifth time OSHA has cited the company for similar violations in the past three years. The company has not cooperated during previous inspections, nor has it paid any portion of the $110,880 in total penalties assessed from those inspections.

In inspections at two home sites, an OSHA compliance officer observed employees working on residential roofs without fall protection. Failing to provide required fall protection is one of the most frequently cited OSHA standards. OSHA regulations require the use of a recommended means of fall protection, such as guardrail systems, safety nets, warning-line systems or personal fall arrest systems. Antonio-Martinez was cited for one willful violation at each location for failure to provide fall protection.

A third willful violation was cited when the inspector observed workers exiting the roof via an extension ladder that only extended 1' above the upper landing surface of the roof. OSHA regulations require that ladders extend 3' over the landing for safe access.

The roofing contractor had been cited for similar violations in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

A breakdown of ANSI Z359 - Fall Protection Standard >> http://www.duralabel.com/articles/ansi-z359-fall-protection.php

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