OSHA slams repeat fall hazard offender with penalties

OSHA slams repeat fall hazard offender with penalties

Roofs by Antonio, which OSHA has cited for fall protection violations five times since 2014, faces $159,118 in penalties.

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September 16, 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Roofs by Antonio LLC of Dayton, Ohio, for exposing employees to fall hazards while they installed shingles on a sloped roof in Cincinnati. The company faces penalties of $159,118 for repeatedly violating OSHA’s fall protection standards.

OSHA inspectors noted one willful violation and two serious safety violations during a July 13 inspection for failing to provide and install a fall protection system and failing to have a competent person inspect the worksite daily. OSHA has cited Roofs by Antonio for fall protection violations five times since 2014.

“Disregard for required OSHA safety procedures places workers at risk for serious and fatal injuries,” says OSHA Cincinnati Area Director Ken Montgomery. “Falls are preventable when safety systems are installed and properly used.”

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and 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.

OSHA offers compliance assistance resources on how to prevent falls from ladders, scaffolds, and roofs on the OSHA Fall Protection webpage.