Oct. 20, 2015
Chicago roofers exposed to dangerous asbestos hazards
Employer names: Continental Contractors, Niles, Illinois and Local Roofing Inc., Gurnee, Illinois
Citations received: Oct. 16, 2015
Investigation findings: The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Chicago North Area Office cited a contractor and subcontractor for exposing workers to asbestos hazards while replacing a commercial roof in the 4200 block of N. Knox in Chicago.
Continental Contractors was cited for 11 serious violations carrying proposed penalties of $21,600. Local Roofing, which had been subcontracted to demolish, remove and replace the building's roofing system, was issued nine serious violations carrying proposed penalties of $48,510.
The companies were cited for failing to:
- Conduct an exposure assessment for asbestos.
- Establish a respiratory protection program.
- Use engineering controls such as a HEPA vacuum and dry sweeping to clean-up material likely to contain asbestos.
- Train workers on asbestos hazards.
- Provide personal protective clothing.
Quote: "Asbestos exposure can cause chronic lung disease and cancer. No worker should be exposed to this potentially life-ending substance without being trained and provided protective equipment," said Angeline Loftus, OSHA's area director for the Chicago North office in Des Plaines.
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Release Number: 15-1905-CHI
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