December 26, 2019
U.S. Department of Labor Fines Florida Roofing Contractor
For Repeatedly Exposing Employees into Fall Hazards
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has mentioned CJM Roofing Inc. — established in West Palm, Florida — for exposing workers to fall along with other dangers in three residential worksites at Royal Palm Beach and Port St. Lucie, Florida. The contractor faces penalties at $291,724.
OSHA initiated inspections in June, August and September of 2019, within those Regional Emphasis Program for Falls in Construction, after inspectors observed employees working on roofs without fall protection. OSHA cited the company for failing to use a fall protection system, make sure that mobile ladders extend over the top landing, and require that workers wear face and eye protection when working pneumatic nail guns, also conduct normal inspections of the jobsite. OSHA has inspected the company five occasions in the previous five decades, leading to repeat offenses of the fall protection standard.
“Companies that fail to comply with safety and health requirements are placing workers at risk for injuries and illnesses,” stated OSHA Fort Lauderdale Area Director Condell Eastmond. “This employer must take immediate action by conducting required hazard assessments and correcting dangerous working conditions.”
“OSHA’s educational resources are readily available to all employers and workers to understand how to provide a safe work environment and ensure compliance with the law,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt.
Information on the way to identify workplace hazards and implement safety and health programs can be found on OSHA’s Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs webpage.
The company has 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 independent 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 make sure such requirements for America’s functioning women and men by setting 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 acquaintances of those United States; enhance working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and also guarantee work-related advantages and rights.
Release Number: 19-2109-ATL (454)
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