The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued summonses to two companies again for failing to provide fall protection to workers on residential roofs, one of which resulted in a fatality.
On Friday, OSHA issued $94,263 in fines to an Appleton, Wis., contractor who allegedly allowed three roofers to work at heights up to 18 feet without anchoring their fall protection, making it “useless in preventing serious or fatal injuries.”
OSHA cited Lucio Perez Lopez — operating as Lopez Roofing — a repeat and a serious violation for exposing workers to falls and failing to train them on how to use fall protection effectively. This was the fifth time OSHA found the company “violated the law,”; the agency said in a statement.
J&L Roofing Inc. of Pompano Beach, Fla., was charged with fall protection violations after a worker’s fatal fall in January, resulting in $74,751 in penalties, OSHA said Thursday. [ok]
In 2018, federal workplace safety investigators cited J&L for similar violations.
J&L was charged with a willful violation for exposing workers engaged in roofing activities to fall hazards without protection and a serious violation for failing to train workers in the proper use of fall protection systems. The agency also issued a non-serious offense for failing to report a work-related hospitalization within 24 hours and a death within eight hours as required by law.
Both companies have 15 days to contest the referrals.