April 14, 2016
OSHA levies $80K in fines for Quick Roofing for repeatedly
exposing Conroe, Texas, workers to falls, ladder hazards, eye injuries
Employer has been cited six times in three years for same or similar violations
Employer name: Quick Roofing LLC
Inspection Site: 628 Maple Point Drive, Conroe, Texas
Citations issued: April 14, 2016
Investigation findings: On Nov. 23, 2015, after witnessing three roofers at work at a site in Conroe not using fall protection systems, U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors began an investigation of their employer, Quick Roofing LLC. The inspectors found one serious and four repeat violations dealing with fall, ladder, and eye hazards. The Texas roofing company has an extensive history with OSHA for repeatedly exposing workers to fall and ladder hazards. The agency previously cited Quick Roofing for the same or similar violations in:
- Dallas in December 2015
- San Antonio in October 2015
- Austin in September 2015
- Fort Worth in July 2014 and February 2013
Proposed Penalties: $80,280
Quote: "Falls from roofs and ladders can debilitate or kill workers," said Joann Figueroa, OSHA's area director in the Houston North office. "Quick Roofing's continued history of ignoring federal safety standards must end. OSHA will not tolerate employers that repeatedly ignore commonsense safety requirements."
Link to the citations: http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/QuickRoofingLLC_1107565_0414_16.pdf
Background: In 2014, more than 800 workers died after falling. From May 2-6, 2016, construction employers and employees across the country will stop work for a few hours to learn more about how to recognize and prevent fall hazards. The National Safety Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction web site has information, materials and programs designed to help save lives.
Quick Roofing has 120 workers at its headquarters in Kennedale and has facilities in Austin, San Antonio, and Katy. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the citations and penalties 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 Houston North office at 936-760-3800. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.
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