OSHA has cited North Florida Roofing & Repair of Jacksonville with one willful, one repeat and two serious safety violations following an inspection at a job site on Ashbourne Trail in Jacksonville. The agency initiated the inspection in August as part of its local emphasis program on fall hazards. Proposed penalties total $48,510.
"This employer continues to expose employees to fall and struck-by hazards, putting workers at risk of serious injury or death," said Brian Sturtecky, OSHA's area director in Jacksonville.
The willful violation, with $42,350 in penalties, involves the employer failing to ensure workers performing roofing operations were using fall protection.
The repeat violation, with $3,520 in penalties, involves the employer failing to ensure that workers operating a pneumatic nail gun were wearing safety glasses to protect themselves from flying debris. The same violation was cited in March.
The serious safety violations, with $2,640 in penalties, relate to fall hazards, including an improperly positioned portable ladder that did not extend at least 3 feet over the landing surface, and allowing use of a ladder in the closed position to enter and exit a roof.
Information about OSHA's fall prevention campaign, which was developed in partnership with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) program is available in English and Spanish at http://www.osha.gov/stopfalls.