Roof safety is not something that roofing contractors should take lightly. Not only does it affect their own well-being, but if safety precautions aren’t maintained, the financial penalties can be significant.
OSHA’s Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 reads:
“To assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women; by authorizing enforcement of the standards developed under the Act; by assisting and encouraging the States in their efforts to assure safe and healthful working conditions; by providing for research, information, education, and training in the field of occupational safety and health…”
Recently, a Florida construction company failed to follow OSHA’s safety requirements during a roof repair job, which lead to multiple citations for putting other workers in harm’s way.
According to News4Jax, the U.S. Department of Labor conducted an investigation to see if safe working conditions were being maintained during roof care projects, but after witnessing employees performing roof maintenance without proper fall protection, the citations were given.
The citation that was issued is a serious safety violation for failure to protect roofers with a fall protection system when working over 20 feet high. This is the sixth time over the last 12 years that Chris Sawdo Construction has been cited by OSHA, and the penalties have amounted to nearly $200,000.
“Chris Sawdo Construction continues to willfully ignore OSHA’s fall protection standards,” said Brian Sturtecky, OSHA’s Jacksonville director, “despite an extensive OSHA history, being suspended as a subcontractor by homebuilders, and being in the residential construction industry for 20 years. The employer must take immediate action to eliminate putting workers at risk of serious injury or death.”
Sawdo Construction has 15 days to comply with OSHA’s safety precautions and pay the citations.
Roof safety is important for homeowners who have no prior experience working on roofs, and for experienced contractors who have been in the business for decades. No matter how experienced someone is, the possibility of falling is never any less dangerous. Make sure — whether you’re a roofer, setting up holiday lights on your house, or just cleaning the gutters — that you take all the necessary safety precautions to avoid serious injury.
If you’re in need of a roof inspection, which under normal circumstances should be done about once or twice a year, contact Robbins Roofing today!