Missouri Roofing Company Faces $205,369 in Fines Following Employee’s Fatal Fall

Missouri Roofing Company Faces $205,369 in Fines Following Employee’s Fatal Fall

OSHA previously cited Troyer Roofing & Coatings for similar violations in 2015.

Troyer Roofing & Coatings, operating under Troyer Constructors LLP, is once again in the spotlight for breaching safety standards.

The family-owned roofing company—based in Jamesport, Missouri—previously faced OSHA citations in 2015 for fall protection violations. Now, in a release dated Sept. 8, the agency announced it has cited Troyer Roofing & Coatings for fines totaling $205,369. The investigation follows an incident in which an 18-year-old worker fatally fell more than 22 feet.

Even after the incident, the report found, Troyer Roofing & Coatings permitted a foreman and another worker to resume work on the same commercial building’s roof without the necessary fall protection. OSHA inspectors discovered that fall protection was available, but the company allowed employees to choose whether or not to accept the provided precautionary measures.

“Troyer Roofing & Coatings could have prevented this young worker’s death by requiring their employees to use fall protection equipment,” OSHA Area Director Karena Lorek in Kansas City, Missouri said in a statement. “Employers have an obligation to comply with requirements that are designed to prevent tragedies such as this from occurring.”

OSHA cited Troyer Roofing & Coatings with one willful violation, three serious violations and one other-than serious violation. Officials found the company neglected to train employees on both the use of fall protection and proper forklift operations. The roofing contractor also failed to supply workers with essential face and eye protection and lacked a written hazard communication program for the chemicals and sealants they used.

Troyer Roofing & Coatings now has 15 business days from receipt of its citations to comply, request an informal OSHA conference, or challenge the findings.

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Robert Yaniz Jr. is the Content Editor of Occupational Health & Safety.

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