OSHA’s Chicago North Area Office cited a contractor and subcontractor for exposing workers to asbestos hazards while replacing a commercial roof in Chicago.

Continental Contractors was cited for 11 serious violations carrying proposed penalties of $21,600. Local Roofing, which had been subcontracted to demolish, remove and replace the building's roofing system, was issued nine serious violations carrying proposed penalties of $48,510.

The companies were cited for failing to:

  • Conduct an exposure assessment for asbestos.
  • Establish a respiratory protection program.
  • Use engineering controls such as a HEPA vacuum and dry sweeping to clean-up material likely to contain asbestos.
  • Train workers on asbestos hazards.
  • Provide personal protective clothing.

"Asbestos exposure can cause chronic lung disease and cancer. No worker should be exposed to this potentially life-ending substance without being trained and provided protective equipment," said Angeline Loftus, OSHA's area director for the Chicago North office in Des Plaines.

View citations: Continental Contractors*, Local Roofing*