The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Brad McDonald Roofing & Construction Inc. for exposing employees to fall and other safety hazards at two Florida construction sites in Lutz and Palmetto. The residential and commercial roofing work company based in New Port Richey, Florida, faces $274,215 in penalties.
OSHA inspectors initiated inspections at both worksites after observing employees improperly using fall protection while performing roofing activities. OSHA cited the company for willfully exposing employees to fall hazards by not ensuring employees tied off to anchor points or used fall arrest systems correctly. OSHA also cited the company for allowing employees to use nail guns without the use of eye protection. The agency conducted the inspections in conjunction with the Regional Emphasis Program on Falls in Construction. OSHA has inspected the company nine times since 2014, each resulting in citations for violating OSHA’s residential fall protection standards.
“Employers have a legal requirement to protect workers,” OSHA Area Director Les Grove of Tampa, Florida, says in a news release. “Employers are required to train workers on how to properly use equipment and recognize on-the-job hazards. Being vigilant about safety can prevent injuries and save lives.”The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.