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Gutter Cleaning Company Cited For Fall Protection Violation after Worker Falls from Garage

The New Jersey contractor has been cited twice in 11 months for fall hazards

Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning and General Contracting of Massachusetts Inc. has been cited a repeat violation of fall protection requirements, according to a news release.

The citation was given after an employee fell 9 feet from a garage roof and was injured. It is the second fall-related incident in less than a year for the New Jersey-based company.

"This is a disturbing pattern - two falls, two incidents - in which this employer did not provide its employees with the proper and required safeguards. The seriousness of fall hazards cannot be understated. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 10 workers in Massachusetts died in falls in 2014. While the workers in these two incidents were not killed, the threat of death or disabling injuries was real and present. Ned Stevens must act to protect its employees against this common but preventable hazard at all its jobsites," said Anthony Covello, OSHA's area director for Middlesex and Essex counties.

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