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News Jan. 15, 2018

OSHA cites roofing contractor for exposing employees to safety hazards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited an Ohio roofing contractor for exposing employees to falls and other safety hazards, according to The contractor, Casey Bortles, faces proposed penalties totaling $91,629.

On Oct. 26, 2017, inspectors observed five roofing workers at a Waterville, Ohio, residential site working at heights greater than 8 feet without adequate fall protection, as well as employees using nail guns without eye protection. OSHA also cited the company for failing to train workers regarding fall hazards and for not developing and maintaining an accident prevention program. Bortles has been cited for similar violations four times since 2014.

"This employer continues to expose employees to fall hazards by failing to comply with federal safety requirements," says OSHA Toledo Area Office Director Kim Nelson. "Employers are responsible for ensuring employees are adequately protected from the hazards that exist at their worksites."

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its 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.

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