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OSHA Cites Two Florida Companies for Exposing Employees to Fall Hazards

blur-builders-building-159306-300x200The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited two Florida companies for allegedly exposing workers to fall hazards.

Action Roofing Services Inc. in Pompano Beach and CJM Roofing Inc. in West Palm were cited and fined this month for failing to provide adequate fall protections.

Action Roofing Services allegedly exposed employees to safety hazards at work sites in Port Saint Lucie and Palm Beach Gardens. The company was cited for failing to provide fall protections to workers installing roofing tile at both job sites.

At the Port Saint Lucie job site, OSHA cited the contractor for improperly using the upper section of an extension ladder to gain access to a roof, and for placing a ladder in front of a doorway without securing it. At the other job site, the agency cited the contractor for failing to train workers on how to recognize and prevent fall hazards. The company faces $146,280 in fines.

CJM Roofing was cited for exposing workers to falls and other hazards at three job sites in Port St. Lucie and Royal Palm Beach. OSHA reportedly initiated inspections in June, August, and September 2019 after inspectors noticed employees working on roofs without fall protection.

OSHA is fining the company $291,724 for failing to:

  • Implement fall protections.
  • Require workers to wear eye and face protection when operating nail guns.
  • Ensure ladders extend above the upper landing.
  • Conduct regular inspections of the job site.

“Falls continue to be a leading cause of injuries and fatalities in construction,” said OSHA Area Office Director Condell Eastmond, in Fort Lauderdale. “Employers must provide workers performing roofing activities with appropriate fall protection to help ensure their safety.”

Both companies have 15 business days to comply with the citations and penalties. During that period, the contractors have the right to request an informal meeting with the agency’s area director, or challenge the findings before an independent review commission.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 requires employers to provide a safe working environment for their workers. OSHA’s job is to ensure workplace safety by setting standards and providing training, education, and assistance.

The Department of Labor’s goal is foster and develop the welfare of workers in the U.S. by improving their working conditions and ensuring they receive their rightful work-related benefits and rights.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 3 million workers in the U.S. suffered from work-related injuries and illnesses in 2014. Workers in Florida who are injured in the workplace are often entitled to benefits that cover their medical expenses and lost wages under the state’s workers’ compensation program.

Injured workers should consult an attorney who is versed in the state’s workers’ compensation laws and procedures. A good attorney can advise you about all your options and help you obtain your full benefits.

South Florida Workers’ Compensation Attorney

If you or your loved one was injured due to a workplace accident, you should hire an attorney. Contact Brian Silber, P.A. for a free initial consultation with one of South Florida’s most experienced workers’ compensation defense attorneys.

Sources: 12.18.19 OSHA news release – region 4.pdf & 12.26.19 OSHA news release – region 4.pdf