$102,300 in fines issued to roofer for hazards at three sites

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From the Occupational Health and Safety website:

OSHA has cited Martha M. Alvarez, a residential roofing contractor based in Houston, with six safety violations for failing to provide fall protection at three Wisconsin jobsites. OSHA’s inspections were conducted at two sites in Cambridge and one in Janesville under a local emphasis program for fall protection. Proposed fines total $102,300.

OSHA“Falls are the leading cause of death and injury in the construction industry. Employers such as Martha M. Alvarez have a responsibility to ensure that workers are provided with and trained in the use of required fall protection,” says Kim Stille, director of OSHA’s Madison Area Office. “OSHA is committed to protecting workers, especially when employers fail to do so.”

Three willful violations are for failing to provide fall protection on commercial and/or residential roofs at the three inspected sites. Each violation carries a proposed penalty of $30,800.

Three serious violations, one for each jobsite, are for failing to implement a safety and health program. Each violation carries a proposed penalty of $3,300.

OSHA standards require that an effective form of fall protection, such as guardrails, safety nets, or personal fall arrest systems, be in use when workers perform residential construction activities 6 feet or more above the next lower level.

Martha M. Alvarez has been inspected six times by OSHA since November 2010, resulting in citations for 13 violations.

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One Response to $102,300 in fines issued to roofer for hazards at three sites

  1. KDW says:

    $102,000 in fines will get negotiated down to $8,000 because we wouldn’t want to offend a business owned by a minority ! What the hell is going on that no WISCONSIN contractor can handle a job in Wisconsin ? Let alone 3 jobs ! Until OSHA enforces this rule with teeth, workers will die or become dependent on tax dollars for their permanent disability. Let’s also call ICE and have everyone of the workers checked to see if this is an organization that is using illegals so that they don’t have to pay a decent wage to AMERICANS! ILLEGALS TAKE JOBS FROM AMERICANS PERIOD!

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