A Serial OSHA Offender, Wisconsin Contractor Continues to Risk Workers' Safety
Edgerton, WI (WorkersCompensation.com) - Some may argue the belief that the number "13" brings misfortune is just superstition, but there is no doubt that fall safety violations by a Wisconsin roofing contractor found in 13 inspections in 10 years are a tragedy waiting to happen. Falls are a leading cause of death in the construction industry, accounting for nearly 40 percent* of fatalities in 2014.
In its most recent inspection, OSHA investigators observed eight employees on Sept. 17, 2015, at a residential roofing work site on Blaine Street without fall protection, such as guardrails, safety nets or personal fall prevention devices. The workers were at risk of falls of more than 10 feet.
"Diaz Roofing continues to ignore OSHA standards and is failing to protect its employees on the job," said Ann Grevenkamp, OSHA's area director in Madison. "OSHA will continue to monitor this employer for compliance, and do everything in its power to keep workers safely out of life-threatening working conditions."
In addition, employees were using nail guns without eye protection, and OSHA found the company failed to maintain injury and illness logs.
Prior to this inspection, OSHA had inspected Diaz Roofing 12 times since 2005 for exposing workers to fall hazards at Wisconsin construction sites.
OSHA offers a Stop Falls online resource with detailed information in English and Spanish on fall protection standards. The page provides fact sheets, posters and videos that illustrate various fall hazards and appropriate preventive measures. OSHA standards require that an effective form of fall protection be in use when workers perform construction activities 6 feet or more above the next lower level.
As the construction industry continues to grow, falls continue to be the leading cause of death. Source: http://www.bls.gov.
Diaz Roofing has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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