Patio installer dies in fall
A Florida patio and pool enclosure installer faces $40,096 in fines following the death of an employee who fell while installing patio screen enclosures.
OSHA has cited Naples-based L.I. Aluminum Design Inc. for four serious citations for failing to provide fall protection to employees working at heights of 10 feet or more; exposing employees to falls; and failing to train employees on fall hazards and the proper use of ladders.
“This tragedy could have been avoided if the employer had ensured that workers were adequately trained and wearing appropriate fall safety equipment,” said Condell Eastmond, OSHA Office Director for the Fort Lauderdale Area. “Falls are preventable if required safety measures are implemented.”
The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.