OSHA Fines K&F Construction $109,000

The Martinsburg, W. Va., Company is a framing, sliding, and roofing contractor

K&F Construction Inc. has been fined more than $109,000 for fall hazards at its Morgantown, W. Va., work site. OSHA has cited the framing, sliding, and roofing contractor for three alleged willful violations for not providing fall protection for an employee exposed to a fall of up to 25 feet while working from a platform insecurely placed on the forks of a forklift, and for two employees exposed to a 30-foot fall while installing felt paper on the roof.

An alleged serious violation was also attributed to the Martinsburg, W. Va.-based company for the inappropriate use of a forklift to support a scaffold platform that employees used while working on a wall structure.

"In 2006, OSHA cited K&F Construction for the same violations found in this most recent inspection. This company is well aware of the necessary safeguards needed to prevent fall-related and other injuries or deaths," said Prentice Cline, director of OSHA's Charleston Area Office. "With falls the leading cause of death in the construction industry, it is critical that this employer immediately address the cited violations to ensure a safe and healthful workplace."

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