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Roofing company cited after a worker falls when roof collapses

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a roofing company for 12 serious safety violations at a worksite after a worker fell when the roof collapsed. The citation, announced earlier this month, involves $33,600 in proposed penalties.

OSHA inspected the site after police contact the agency about a worker who had fallen from the roof to the third-floor of a building. The worksite was in New Jersey, part of OSHA's Region 2, which includes New York. OSHA found that the company had committed numerous violations, including:

    • Failing to develop an accident prevention program
    • Failing to have a system for frequent and regular safety inspections
    • Failing to provide safety training for roofing workers
    • Failing to provide eye protection for workers who are exposed to roofing adhesives, which contain chemical hazards
    • Failing to inspect the structural integrity of roofs
    • Failing to provide fall protection
    • Failing to provide adequate ladders

    The company had 15 days to comply or contest the citations.

    Safety regulations exist to protect workers from falls and other serious accidents in the workplace. Following these regulations can help prevent serious or fatal accidents. But when construction companies ignore federal, state or city safety regulations, the risk of serious or fatal construction accidents can increase.

    Source: OSHA, "Hamilton, NJ, roofing company cited by US Labor Department's OSHA for fall, other safety hazards following April incident," Sept. 11, 2013

    • Our law firm represents workers who have been involved in construction accidents in New York City. For more information, visit our page on falls from heights.

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