August 9, 2019
U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Roofing Company
For Exposing Employees to Fall and Other Safety Hazards
PALMETTO, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Brad McDonald Roofing & Construction Inc. for exposing employees to fall and other safety hazards at two Florida construction sites in Lutz and Palmetto. The residential and commercial roofing work company faces $274,215 in penalties.
OSHA inspectors initiated inspections at both worksites after observing employees improperly using fall protection while performing roofing activities. OSHA cited the company for willfully exposing employees to fall hazards by not ensuring employees tied-off to anchor points or used fall arrest systems correctly. OSHA also cited the company for allowing employees to use nail guns without the use of eye protection. The Agency conducted the inspections in conjunction with the Regional Emphasis Program on Falls in Construction. OSHA has inspected the company nine times since 2014, each resulting in citations for violating OSHA’s residential fall protection standards.
“Employers have a legal requirement to protect workers,” said OSHA Area Director Les Grove, in Tampa, Florida. “Employers are required to train workers on how to properly use equipment and recognize on-the-job hazards. Being vigilant about safety can prevent injuries and save lives.”
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov.
The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.
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Release Number: 19-1299-ATL (283)
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