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Illinois contractor faces $281,286 in proposed penalties

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Manuel Gallardo, owner of Gallardo's Construction Services, Palatine, Ill., for multiple safety hazards, according to Gallardo's Construction Services faces proposed penalties totaling $281,286. The company is not an NRCA member.

OSHA inspectors observed Gallardo's employees exposed to fall hazards during six Chicago-area residential roofing projects between August and November 2017. OSHA issued citations for four willful and three repeated violations for Gallardo's failure to install fall-protection systems, ensure the use of protective devices and train his employees regarding fall-protection hazards. Gallardo also was cited for nine serious violations for allowing his employees to operate nail guns without eye protection and failing to conduct job-site inspections.

"Employers are required to provide safe workplaces for their employees," says Kathy Webb, OSHA's Chicago south area office director. "This employer's continual disregard of fall protection requirements is exposing employees to potentially serious injuries."