OSHA Fines Roofing Company $50,000 for Fall Hazard

Jan. 21, 2009
OSHA cited Peach State Roofing for an alleged workplace safety violation at a Sicklerville worksite. Headquartered in Rock Hill, S.C., the company had two employees working on the site; OSHA initiated its inspection on July 16, 2008

The inspection was part of a local emphasis program focused on fall hazards in construction. As a result of the inspection, the company received one citation for a repeat violation with a proposed penalty of $50,000.

“Fall hazards are one of the leading causes of workplace injuries and deaths,” says Michael Corbett, acting area director in OSHA’s Marlton, N.J., office. “Peach State Roofing can eliminate this hazard and ensure a safe and healthy workplace for its employees by establishing an effective safety and health management system.”

The repeat violation reflects the company’s failure to provide fall protection for employees working approximately 13 feet above ground. OSHA issues repeat violations when it finds a substantially similar violation of any standard, regulation, rule or order.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations to contest them before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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