Three Florida construction companies are facing lawsuits by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in connection with the death last summer of a 31-year-old worker who died after falling during roofing work.
Contractor Mad Dog Design and Construction Company Inc. and subcontractors Big Hammer LLC and Forgotten Coast Crane Service Inc. were cited following the fatal fall on Aug. 17, 2022, at a job site in Tallahassee, Florida.
The worker was attempting to erect trusses from a crane when he fell 12 feet to the ground and sustained serious injuries that ultimately proved fatal.
Tallahassee, Fla.-based Mad Dog Design and Construction Co. Inc. was cited for allowing workers to raise and support trusses while standing on the top slabs of walls with inadequate fall protection. The company received a serious violation lawsuit and received proposed penalties of $6,250.
Archer, Fla.-based Big Hammer Inc. received serious violations for failing to ensure workers had adequate fall protection and exposing workers to falling, bumping and crushing hazards. It faces proposed penalties of $25,001.
Crawfordville, Fla.-based Forgotten Coast Crane Service Inc. received a serious violation for failing to proof test custom hooks used to hoist trusses and for failing to maintain proper communication with the crane operator. The company faces proposed penalties of $8,037.
In a separate case, Nanuet, New York-based ALJ Home Improvement Inc. was charged with four willful and four serious violations and ordered to pay proposed fines of $687,536 after an employee fatally fell during roofing work in August 2022 in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey.
Inspectors had observed employees on a roof 18 feet above the ground with no fall protection required.
Another of the company’s employees died in a similar manner in 2019, prompting earlier referrals.
All companies that were cited have 15 business days to contest the citations.