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News May 14, 2024

Roofing contractor faces $258,063 in proposed penalties

Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors have cited roofing contractor 13 Construction & Pro Services LLC, St. Louis, for 21 violations for illegally exposing roofing workers to fall hazards—five times in seven weeks—at six Wentzville, Mo., residential job sites, according to OSHA. The company is not an NRCA member.

OSHA opened its investigations after observing 13 Construction & Pro Services allowing its employees to work on roofs without required protection equipment at separate sites on Oct. 31, Nov. 2 and Dec. 14, 2023.

Specifically, OSHA alleges the company allowed employees to work without fall protection at heights greater than six feet; did not have a competent person inspect and evaluate job-site hazards daily; and failed to train workers to recognize hazards or prevent falls. Inspectors also found 13 Construction and Pro Services permitted the unsafe use of ladders, did not ensure workers wore head protection, and did not require the use of eye and face protective equipment when using pneumatic nail guns.

OSHA cited the company for 26 violations—six willful and 20 serious—and assessed $258,063 in proposed penalties.

13 Construction and Pro Services has contested the citations before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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