IL Site Supervisor Tells Workers to Keep Working After OSHA Notification on Fall Hazard, Agency Says

IL Site Supervisor Tells Workers to Keep Working After OSHA Notification on Fall Hazard, Agency Says

The site supervisor's employer was cited for citations on fall protection and other violations.

Following a notification from OSHA about a fall hazard, a site supervisor allegedly told workers to keep working. Now, the framing contractor faces five violations and proposed penalties of over $77,000.

According to a news release, an inspector for OSHA notified a worksite in Illinois about workers not using fall protection. In a response the agency called “especially blatant” in the news release, the site supervisor said “the show must go on,” and told workers to continue working. The workers, who were “setting joists” on a residential building, were as high as 48 feet. The news got to the general contractor, who then had the workers get off the roof, OSHA said.

The site supervisor’s employer, KW Framing Inc, was cited for one willful and four serious violations for not having fall protection or guardrails, using ladders incorrectly and “exposing workers to unprotected rebar,” OSHA said. It now faces $77,072 in proposed penalties.

"KW Framing ignored an OSHA compliance officer's identification of hazards that could result in death, and company officials told the workers to continue while at risk of severe and possibly fatal fall injuries," said OSHA's Chicago North Area Director Angeline Loftus in Arlington Heights in the news release. "Allowing employees to work at dangerous heights without providing fall protection equipment is inexcusable. OSHA will continue to hold employers accountable when they fail to provide safe working conditions."

In 2020, 351 workers lost their lives in the construction industry after falling to a lower level, OSHA reported. This number is nearly one-third of the total deaths in the industry that year.

About the Author

Alex Saurman is the Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.

Download Center

  • OSHA Recordkeeping Guide

    In case you missed it, OSHA recently initiated an enforcement program to identify employers who fail to electronically submit Form 300A recordkeeping data to the agency. When it comes to OSHA recordkeeping, there are always questions regarding the requirements and ins and outs. This guide is here to help! We’ll explain reporting, recording, and online reporting requirements in detail.

  • Incident Investigations Guide

    If your organization has experienced an incident resulting in a fatality, injury, illness, environmental exposure, property damage, or even a quality issue, it’s important to perform an incident investigation to determine how this happened and learn what you can do to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps of performing an incident investigation.

  • Lone Worker Guide

    Lone workers exist in every industry and include individuals such as contractors, self-employed people, and those who work off-site or outside normal hours. These employees are at increased risk for unaddressed workplace accidents or emergencies, inadequate rest and breaks, physical violence, and more. To learn more about lone worker risks and solutions, download this informative guide.

  • Job Hazard Analysis Guide

    This guide includes details on how to conduct a thorough Job Hazard Analysis, and it's based directly on an OSHA publication for conducting JHAs. Download the guide to learn how to identify potential hazards associated with each task of a job and set controls to mitigate hazard risks.

  • The Basics of Incident Investigations Webinar

    Without a proper incident investigation, it becomes difficult to take preventative measures and implement corrective actions. Watch this on-demand webinar for a step-by-step process of a basic incident investigation, how to document your incident investigation findings and analyze incident data, and more. 

  • Vector Solutions

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - October 2022

    October 2022


      Here's Why Constant Bending Can Be Troublesome
      How Artificial Intelligence in Revolutionizing Jobs
      Choosing the Right Respiratory Protection
      Managing Cold Stress with the Proper PPE
    View This Issue