Fatal Fall Brings $40,096 Fine

OSHA investigated the company after an employee installing patio screen enclosures died from a fall. L.I. Aluminum was issued four serious citations for failing to provide fall protection to employees working at heights of 10 feet or more; exposing employees to falls; and failing to train employees on fall hazards and the proper use of ladders.

OSHA announced Feb. 27 that it has cited L.I. Aluminum Design Inc., a Naples, Fla.-based patio and pool enclosure manufacturer and installer, for failing to protect employees from fall hazards. The agency's proposed penalties total $40,096.

OSHA investigated the company after an employee installing patio screen enclosures died from a fall. L.I. Aluminum was issued four serious citations for failing to provide fall protection to employees working at heights of 10 feet or more; exposing employees to falls; and failing to train employees on fall hazards and the proper use of ladders.

"This tragedy could have been avoided if the employer had ensured that workers were adequately trained and wearing appropriate fall safety equipment," said Condell Eastmond, OSHA Office Director for the Fort Lauderdale Area. "Falls are preventable if required safety measures are implemented."

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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