January 9, 2020
U.S. Department of Labor Cites Alabama Contractors
After Teen Worker Suffers Fatal Fall
CULLMAN, AL — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has mentioned Apex Roofing and Restoration LLC, and WW Restoration LLC for exposing workers to fall hazards following a 15-year old employee suffered fatal injuries following a fall in a Cullman, Alabama, worksite. The companies face $159,118 in penalties.
OSHA cited the companies for exposing workers to fall hazards while performing roofing tasks without adequate fall protection, and also for failing to give appropriate training. Although Apex Roofing and Restoration LLC and WW Restoration LLC are recorded as different entities, OSHA cited the companies as one company because both discuss oversight on a frequent worksite, and also have interrelated operations and integrated working relationships.
“Employers have a legal duty to ensure that their employees are protected at all times,” stated OSHA Area Director Ramona Morris at Birmingham, Alabama. “This responsibility includes providing appropriate training and conducting assessments to make sure workers understand hazards, and supplying fall protection to minimize the risk of serious or fatal injuries.”
OSHA’s Protecting Roofing Workers booklet clarifies fall protection plans employers can utilize to safeguard employees doing roofing operations. The bureau’s Fall Protection page provides additional compliance assistance resources.
The division’s Wage and Hour Division can also be exploring the companies for child labour provision offenses under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The companies have 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings prior to the individual Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Under that the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, companies are accountable for providing safe and healthy workplaces for their workers. OSHA’s role is to help make sure such requirements for America’s working women and men by establishing and implementing standards, and providing instruction, instruction, and help. For more info, see https://www.osha.gov.
The assignment of this Department of Labor is to cultivate, encourage and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of those United States; enhance working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and also guarantee work-related advantages and rights.
Release Number: 19-2237-ATL (10)
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