OSHA has cited a Palatine, Illinois-based contractor for multiple safety violations after agency inspectors observed employees exposed to fall hazards on half a dozen Chicago-area residential roofing projects between August and November 2017. The company faces $281,286 in proposed penalties.

Manuel Gallardo, owner of Gallardo’s Construction Services, was cited for four willful and three repeated violations for failing to: install fall protection systems; ensure the use of protective devices; and train workers in fall protection hazards. OSHA also cited Gallardo for nine serious violations for allowing employees to use nail guns without eye protection, and failing to conduct jobsite inspections.

“Employers are required to provide safe workplaces for their employees,” said 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.”