A recent WorkersCompensation.com article reported a Wisconsin roofing contractor ignoring laws for the fourth time in three years. In Bloomer, Wisconsin, the contractor has ignored federal inspectors twice, and state inspectors twice, allowing employees to work at heights of up to 25 feet without fall protection equipment, the article said.
The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued over five safety citations to Affordable Exteriors LLC whose employees were working at a Weston residential site in their latest violation of safety. This is the fourth time OSHA has cited Affordable Exteriors in both Wisconsin and Minnesota, according to WorkersCompensation.com.
OSHA’s website says, “Falls are the leading cause of death in construction.” Their nationwide Fall Prevention Campaign aims to raise awareness among workers and employers about the hazards of falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs, according to the website. “When estimating the cost of a job, employers should include safety equipment, and plan to have all the necessary equipment and tools available at the construction site,” their website states.
The WorkersCompensation.com article said Affordable Exteriors has ignored all requests to use fall protection for its employees. Robert Bonack, OSHA’s area director in Appleton said, “That’s a reckless disregard for safety. Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction injury. Three Wisconsin workers died last year from job-site falls.”
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