OSHA: Serial Violator Exposes Employees to Fall Hazards

High & Dry Roofing faces $152,460 in proposed penalties from OSHA and now is in the agency's Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

Acting on a complaint, OSHA inspectors visited a Litchfield, N.H., contractor's site and now has cited his company, High & Dry Roofing, and placed it in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program for repeatedly putting workers in danger of deadly and disabling falls. Two willful violations of workplace safety standards and $152,460 in proposed penalties were issued.

"This is a repeat violator who knowingly and needlessly refuses to follow basic safety procedures. High & Dry Roofing employees face the risk of death or disabling injuries every time their employer denies them vital and legally required safeguards," said Rosemarie Ohar Cole, OSHA's area director for New Hampshire.

Four repeat violations were cited for failing to provide fall protection for employees working on scaffolds, lack of hard hats and eye protection for workers, and failure to guard the operating parts of an air compressor against contact. Four serious violations involved locating scaffolding too close to a live, 240-volt electrical line; inadequate scaffold access; using ladders on scaffold platforms; and failing to provide training to workers on fall protection.

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