OSHA levies fine for no fall protection

For the fourth time in four years, William Trahant Jr. Construction Inc., Lynn, Mass., was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for exposing employees to potentially fatal falls. The company is not an NRCA member.

OSHA cited the contractor for one willful, one repeat and three serious violations of workplace safety and health standards, including lack of fall protection for employees repairing an asphalt shingle roof system on a three-story house; inadequate anchorage points for fall-arrest lines; and not training employees to recognize and address fall hazards.

An additional fall hazard reportedly stemmed from using a damaged ladder to access the roof. The investigation also revealed an employee working on the ground lacked a hard hat, exposing the employee to falling objects. OSHA has proposed $43,560 in fines.