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Contractor Cited After Worker Falls to His Death

RP Construction has been cited for failing to provide fall protection

OSHA has cited RP Construction after an employee died during his first day on the job, according to a news release. The employee was working to remove shingles from a roof before falling and suffering severe brain damage that later took his life.

An investigation into the incident determined the company failed to ensure proper fall protection was in use, as well as failing to train new workers on roof tear-off and re-roofing activities.

"The number of employers in Idaho's residential construction industry that consistently fail to protect their workers from falls hazards is very troubling," said David Kearns, OSHA's area director in Boise. "Brandon Horine's death is a tragic reminder of what happens when employers do nothing to protect their workers. Employers must stop gambling with workers' lives and change the way they operate before an OSHA inspection or before another worker dies needlessly."

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