JMH Roofing LLC Faces OSHA Penalties for Lack of Fall Protection

JMH Roofing LLC Faces OSHA Penalties for Lack of Fall Protection

The agency proposed $548,801 in fines to the company.

A Millersburg, Ohio-based roofing company has become the subject of substantial fines following OSHA investigations in March, April and June 2023.

In a release dated Sept. 14, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced OSHA’s findings with regard to the company, JMH Roofing LLC. The agency has proposed $548,801 in fines for eight willful and two repeat violations. These include exposing workers to heights without fall protection, an absence of eye safety measures when handling pneumatic nail guns and the use of improperly extended ladders.

Within just three months in 2023, OSHA found that JMH Roofing exposed its workers to perilous falls—some up to 19 feet—across residential roofing sites in Canton, Uniontown and Westlake, despite available fall protection gear. Notably, JMH Roofing LLC and RAM Roofing LLC—both companies owned and operated by Jonas Hershberger—have a history of OSHA violations dating back to 2018.

“Jonas Hershberger continues his dangerous pattern of ignoring federal safety standards and exposing his workers to potentially serious and fatal injuries,” OSHA Area Director Howard Eberts in Cleveland said in a statement. “JMH Roofing owns fall protection equipment and provides it to its workers, but refuses to require them to use it or cooperate with federal inspectors, who repeatedly inform Hershberger of his obligation to protect his company’s workers on the job.”

JMH Roofing LLC now has 15 business days after receiving the citations to comply, seek an informal OSHA discussion or challenge OSHA’s findings.

About the Author

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

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