A roofing and siding contractor with a history of safety violations faces $1.3 million in penalties after the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated a fatality — the second in three years involving a company employee.
OSHA opened an investigation into Nanuet, New York-based ALJ Home Improvement Inc. in February 2022 after a worker died after falling from the roof of a three-story home under construction. In February 2019, another company employee died from a fall at another ALI workplace.
The agency determined that the ALJ failed to provide fall protection training or ensure that effective fall protection protection was used. It also found that the company failed to provide eye protection for employees using pneumatic nail guns, putting them at risk of serious eye injuries.
OSHA said the employer̵7;s “knowledge of fall and eye protection requirements, and its willful and repeated violations of those standards, led OSHA to issue serious citations for each occasion an employee … was exposed to the hazards.”
In total, the ALJ was charged with nine willful and three serious violations stemming from the most recent inspection.
Since 2019, OSHA has inspected ALJs six times, issued 21 subpoenas, and levied $299,425 in fines. The violations included several intentional fall protection and eye protection violations.
The ALJ, which has offices in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, has 15 business days from receipt of the latest citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA, or contest.