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News March 29, 2018

OSHA cites roofing contractor for exposing workers to fall hazards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Luis Guallpa—doing business as Guallpa Contracting Corp.—for exposing workers to falls and other hazards at a Nashua, N.H., worksite. The Milford, Mass.-based roofing contractor faces $299,324 in proposed penalties. Guallpa is not an NRCA member.

OSHA inspectors observed six of Guallpa's employees working on a roof without fall protection, as well as workers using ladders unsafely and failing to use head protection. OSHA cited the employer for exposing employees to fall hazards of up to 25 feet, ladder and head protection violations, and failing to provide effective training. OSHA cited Guallpa for similar hazards in 2014 and 2015.

"Fall protection is required when employees are working at heights of six feet or higher," says Rosemarie Cole, OSHA's area director for New Hampshire. "This employer's continued failure to follow safety standards is placing employees at risk of serious injury or death."

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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