Dec. 29, 2015
OSHA cites roofing contractor for exposing workers to fall hazards
Proposed fines total more than $76K
Employer name: Dealer Installations Services Inc.
Citations issued: Dec. 21, 2015
Investigation findings The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Peoria Area Office cited one willful, one repeated and six serious safety violations.
OSHA investigators found the Washington, Illinois-based company failed to protect roofers from fall hazards of up to 20 feet on a residential job site in Peoria on July 9, 2015.
The company also failed to properly use ladders to access the upper landing surface. The company was previously cited for failing to provide fall protection in February 2013.
The company also failed to:
- Provide protective helmets, and eye and face protection
- Use scaffolds and ladders correctly
- Prevent workers from carrying objects and loads while accessing ladders exposing them to trip and fall hazards.
Dealer Installations Services, Inc. is one of many corporations operating under group name, Prairie Home Alliance. Prairie Home Alliance handles home improvement projects and serves homeowners throughout the state of Illinois. It offers a range of products that includes storm windows, sunrooms, gutters, garage doors, soffits, vinyl fence, and siding.
Quote: "A worker can be severely injured or killed in a fall," said Tom Bielema, OSHA's Area Director in Peoria. "Roofing contractors know the requirements necessary to protect their workers from falls which remain the leading cause of death in the construction industry."
Proposed Penalties: $76,230
View Citations here: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/osha/OSHA20152494fs.pdf
To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint, or report 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 Peoria Area Office at 309-589-7033.
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Release Number: 15-2494-CHI
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