A roofing company in Rochester, New York may be in some hot water for violating safety regulations. The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspected a site where A.M. Stern Inc. was roofing and cited repeat and serious safety violations relating to fall protections.
OSHA claims that workers were exposed to fall hazards and that edges of the roof were unprotected, leaving workers vulnerable to falling over. Workers could have possibly fallen anywhere from 15 to 30 feet off residential rooftops. A.M. Stern was fined for similar violations in 2008. Proposed fines total $160,000.
“We follow OSHA rules and have not had a lost-time injury in over five years,” said company president Allan Stern.
While it is good that they have not had a serious injury, that hardly means these violations should be taken lightly. Falls are the leading cause of serious worker injury. Unless A.M. Stern wants to continue paying these fines, they must be in full compliance with OSHA regulations.
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