The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited a Norridge roofing contractor and issued a fine of $115,000 for exposing workers to fall hazards on two Chicago area jobsites within a one-month period. The agency issued one serious, one willful and three repeated citations to Ziggys Roofing Inc.
Upon visiting one Chicago area jobsite, OSHA inspectors observed employees performing residential roofing work without the mandated fall protection systems in place.
Employees working on the roof were at risk of falling more than 14 feet, and employees working below were not wearing protective headgear to prevent injuries caused by falling objects. Employees were also observed using nail guns without wearing proper eye protection.
Less than a month later, OSHA inspectors visited another Ziggys Roofing construction site. Similar conditions were also observed.
OSHA notes that this particular contractor has been inspected four times for fall hazards since 2003. The agency has stated that the company continues to ignore OSHA standards and is not prioritizing workers safety.
The agency stated its commitment to continuing to monitoring the company and doing everything it can to protect the employees.
Preventing Workplace Falls
Jobsite falls are the leading cause of death on construction sites, accounting for almost 40 percent of construction site fatalities in 2014.
OSHA provides online resources through its Stop Falls webpage that provides detailed information about fall protection standards. Regulations require fall prevention measures be in place if employees are working six or more feet off the ground. Proper fall protection systems include personal fall prevention equipment, guardrails or safety nets.
If you have suffered a construction site injury, you may be entitled to compensation. GWC Injury Lawyers will pursue your claim, working diligently to maximize your compensation and hold negligent parties accountable for the damages they have caused.