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Dec. 23, 2015

WKL Roofing exposes workers to falls, other serious
safety hazards at job site in Port Orange, Florida

Employer name: WKL Roofing

Inspection site: 4655 Spruce Creek Road, Units A-H, Port Orange, Florida 32127

Citations issued: Citations were issued to the employer on Dec. 21.

Investigation findings: Inspectors with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration observed employees installing roofing sheathing and shingles on a multi-unit commercial building without fall protection. OSHA issued the employer one willful, one repeated and two serious citations.

A willful citation was issued to WKL Roofing for not providing fall protection equipment for its roofers.

A repeated citation was issued for the employer's failure to have a competent person to monitor and recognize potential fall hazards. WKL was previously cited for a similar violation in 2012 at a work site in Edgewater.

The serious citations were issued as a result of the employer's failure to provide eye protection to workers and for allowing employees to use an electric saw that was not grounded.

Proposed penalties: $74,480

Quote: "WKL Roofing has an extensive history with OSHA and is fully aware of the dangers of working from heights without fall protection, yet they have refused to take action to protect its workers," said Brian Sturtecky, OSHA's area director in Jacksonville. "This employer has once again failed its legal obligation to ensure workers can perform their duties safely."

The citations can be viewed at:

WKL Roofing specializes in residential and commercial roofing. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, request a conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

To ask questions; obtain compliance assistance; file a complaint or report amputations, eye loss, workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency's Jacksonville Area Office at 904-232-2895.

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Release Number: 15-2426-ATL (403)

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