Tagged Articles

fall protection 5 articles

Worker death prompts more than $20K in OSHA citations against two Colorado construction companies

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that two construction companies in Colorado have been cited and fined due to a dozen serious violations surrounding the death of a construction worker last year. In August 2015, 39-year-old Tereso Zamarippa-Hernandez was working for Erie-based Ramos Roofing when he fell 15 feet to his death through a hole in a roof onto solid concrete. He would later be announced dead at the scene by emergency services in Longmont, Colo. When OSHA investigators arrived at the scene, they discovered a number of alarming safety issues committed by Ramos Roofing, as ... Read More

High & Dry Roofing faces OSHA fines; added to Severe Violators Enforcement Program

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) dedicates itself to the protection of the U.S. workforce, which is why one roofing contractor in New Hampshire is now facing more than $150K in penalties. Contractor Michael Cahoon, who conducts business under the name High & Dry Roofing, was recently inspected by OSHA upon receiving a complaint regarding unsafe work conditions at a job site in Manchester. Upon arrival, OSHA inspectors noticed workers at heights exceeding 20 feet without proper fall protection and ladder safeguards. “Two days later, inspectors returned and found the same hazards again. As a result, OSHA cited ... Read More

OSHA cites Affordable Exteriors for the fourth time in three years for lack of fall protection

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed fines against a Wisconsin roofing contractor for up to $112,000 due to the company allowing employees to work at dangerous heights without proper fall protection equipment. Affordable Exteriors LLC, located in Bloomer, Wisc., had its safety precautions reviewed during an investigation earlier this year by OSHA, which uncovered a plethora of issues associated with the company’s safety procedures. OSHA cited numerous violations, including two violations, one repeated violation and three serious safety citations. Most of the issues at the company’s various residential sites had to do with the lack of fall ... Read More

Fastrack Erectors charged with failure to provide fall protection in case of young ironworker’s death

The tragic death of a 22-year-old ironworker from Raymore, Mo., which spurred an investigation by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has ended with a St. Louis-area contractor being charged with failure to provide fall protection equipment. Eric Roach was working with another ironworker on the construction site of a Kansas City distribution warehouse in July of 2014, with the job of guiding a 26-foot-by-3-foot bundle of sheet-metal roof decking. The sheet metal was being lifted by crane while Roach’s job was to set it atop the bar joists on the 300,000 square-foot distribution warehouse. It was while ... Read More

Scaffold collapses, killing one Alabama worker and injuring another

A Cullman, Alabama, man died Tuesday afternoon after falling on the scene of a construction site. Authorities said that Kenneth Ball, 51, a contractor and resident of Cullman, was installing a window on the fourth floor of a construction project when his scaffolding collapsed. According to Cullman County Coroner Gary Murphree, the accident, which occurred around 11 a.m. in the Vinemont area, left Ball with massive head and body trauma. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Another worker who has not been identified sustained injuries when the scaffolding fell and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. To ... Read More