Labor Dept. cites Boca Raton contractor

BOCA RATON, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Action Roofing Services, Inc. – based in Pompano Beach, Fla. – for exposing employees to fall hazards at a worksite in Boca Raton, Fla.

The roofing contractor faces $51,952 in penalties.

OSHA initiated the inspection as part of the Regional Emphasis Program for Falls in Construction. The agency cited the company for allowing employees to engage in roofing activities without a conventional fall protection system. It is the third such citation that OSHA has issued the contractor in the last three years.

“Employers must take necessary steps to identify and eliminate workplace hazards. Failure to do so places their employees at severe risk for injuries and fatalities,” said OSHA Acting Area Director Beatriz Cabrera, in Fort Lauderdale. “Employers can reach out to OSHA for compliance assistance to ensure their worksites are free from recognized hazards.”

OSHA’s Fall Protection in Residential Construction webpage provides resources on various residential activities, including roof sheathing and installing tile roofs, as well as questions and answers about OSHA standards related to fall protection.

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.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov.

The mssion of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

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