November 26, 2018
U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Roofing Contractor
For Repeatedly Exposing Employees to Fall Hazards
JACKSONVILLE, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Derek Williams – operating as Elo Restoration Inc. – for exposing employees to fall hazards at two separate worksites in St. Augustine and Daytona Beach, Florida. The roofing contractor faces $116,551 in penalties.
OSHA initiated an inspection as part of the Regional Emphasis Program on Falls in Construction. Inspectors determined that employees were working on residential roofs without fall protection. OSHA cited the Jacksonville, Florida-based contractor for failing to ensure workers were attached to a fall protection system. The Agency cited Elo Restoration for exposing employees to similar violations after a May 2018 investigation.
“Ensuring that employees are protected from fall hazards is a requirement,” said OSHA Jacksonville Area Office Director Michelle Gonzalez.
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.
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Release Number: 18-1793-ATL (329)
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