Melbourne, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Hough Roofing Inc. – based in Palm Bay, Florida – for exposing employees to fall hazards after a worker suffered a fatal injury from a fall while performing roofing activities at a work site in Melbourne, Florida.
OSHA inspectors determined that the employer failed to ensure employees used fall protection, train employees on recognizing fall hazards and on the proper use of a portable ladder, and ensure portable ladders extended 3 feet above the upper landing. OSHA initiated the inspection in conjunction with the agency's Regional Emphasis Program for Falls in Construction. The roofing contractor faces $26,142 in penalties.
"Falls are the leading cause of fatalities in construction," said OSHA Area Director Les Grove, in Tampa, Florida. "Tragedies like this can be prevented if the employer ensures workers are provided and utilize fall protection during the course of all roofing operations."