Roofer fined for repeated fall hazards

Roofer fined for repeated fall hazards

A south Florida roofing company faces $115,500 in fines for repeatedly exposing workers to fall hazards from heights up to 27 feet without fall protection.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued three repeated citations to the company for exposing workers to fall hazards. The safety agency initiated three separate inspections after observing employees performing roofing work without fall protection.

According to OSHA, the company allowed employees to work from heights up to 27 feet without fall protection. The company was previously cited for similar violations in 2013 at a worksite in Coconut Creek, Florida and has been cited nine times in the past five years.

“Latite has been cited numerous times by OSHA in the past five years for exposing workers to fall hazards, yet we are still finding these violations at their work sites,” said Condell Eastmond, OSHA’s area director in Fort Lauderdale. “Employers have a legal obligation to provide any necessary equipment, such as a fall protection, to ensure their workers can perform their duties safely.”