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Contractor faces more than $414,000 in fines for fall protection violations



Proposing $363,890 in new penalties for a Middlefield, Ohio contractor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has placed CRH Roofing LLC in its serious violation program after more than three years of failed inspections and unpaid fines, the agency announced Wednesday.

Twice in six days in June 2022, federal safety inspectors observed workers exposed to fatal fall hazards at two separate workplaces, “continuing a pattern of disregard for workplace safety dating back to 2019,” OSHA said.

The agency identified four willful and two repeat violations during inspections. With these additional penalties, the company now owes more than $414,000 in OSHA fines for its workplace safety failures.

At both job sites, inspectors observed roofers at heights over 6 feet without fall protection and lacking eye protection when using pneumatic nail guns. The company also allowed ladders to be used improperly.

After three previous inspections in 201

9 and 2021, OSHA assessed CRH more than $51,000 in penalties, which remain unpaid.

“Despite being warned on June 3, 2022 that their failures to protect workers from falls violated federal law, CRH Roofing flouted OSHA inspectors, and six days later we found them committing the same violations,” Ohio-based OSHA Area Manager Howard said Eberts in a statement.

The company has 15 days to compete.


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