An Ohio-based construction company failed to ensure that workers used fall protection while doing roofing, leading to a worker sustaining a serious injury, according to an OSHA inspection following the incident.
The agency has cited Hiebert Bros Construction LLC for exposing employees to fall hazards after the worker was injured from a 26-foot fall at a construction worksite in Gainesville, Florida. The company faces penalties of $56,828.
OSHA inspectors determined that the Berlin Heights, Ohio-based construction company failed to ensure that workers used fall protection systems while engaged in roofing activities, train employees on fall protection, and notify OSHA within 24 hours of the employee's hospitalization, as required. OSHA initiated the inspection in conjunction with the agency's Regional Emphasis Program for Falls in Construction.
"Falls continue to be the leading cause of fatalities in construction," said OSHA Jacksonville Area Director Michelle Gonzalez. "Providing workers with fall protection is not optional. It is required by law to prevent worker injuries and fatalities."