The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says that an Illinois roofing company’s failure to comply with fall protection laws led to the death of a worker. OSHA cited the business for one willful and four serious safety violations, and is proposing fines of $42,600.
The 33-year-old victim was working at a high school gymnasium when the accident occurred. He was reportedly installing wood blocking to create a finished roof edge when he fell 27 feet to the ground. According to OSHA investigators, the bit of a battery-powered, hand-held impact driver he was using broke, causing him to lose his balance and plummet to his death. The man was an experienced worker who had been with the company for 14 years.
“This tragedy illustrates how quickly a worker can lose his life when fall protection is not provided, and why OSHA requires it each time an employee works at heights greater than 6 feet,” OSHA area director Aaron Priddy said in a press release. “Falls remain the leading cause of deaths in the construction industry. Hundreds of workers, including this one, won’t return home as a result of falls like this.”
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