A Portland, Oregon, contractor risks an additional $ 65,000 in fines for repeatedly violating workplace safety standards for fall protection, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division announced Tuesday.
West Coast Roofing and Painting Inc. has a history of failing to implement adequate fall protection systems – such as a personal fall protection system or other measures – where workers are exposed to fall six feet or more to a lower level, according to Oregon OSHA, which says the company has been fined $ 175,000 since 2019 for the same crime.
Oregon OSHA began inspections in late March under the division’s focus program to prevent falls in the construction industry. The inspectorate examined West Coast Roofing and Painting̵7;s work on a one-story apartment building on Southeast Ivon Street in Portland. The inspection found that about five employees, who were working on a roof project, were exposed to falls to the ground of more than 10 feet without any fall protection in place.
This is the seventh time that the company has violated the same fall protection requirements. Oregon OSHA records show that since 2019, the company has been prosecuted for the same violation as part of six separate inspections of various workplaces in the Portland metropolitan area.
Under Oregon OSHA rules, penalties are multiplied when employers commit repeated crimes.