OSHA has cited Apex Roofing and Restoration LLC, and WW Restoration LLC for exposing employees to fall hazards after a 15-year-old worker suffered fatal injuries after a fall at a Cullman, Alabama, worksite.
The accident occurred on the teen’s first day on the job after he stepped through aluminum insulation and plummetted 40 feet to his death.
He was apparently not wearing a safety harness.
The companies face $159,118 in penalties.
OSHA cited the companies for exposing employees to fall hazards while performing roofing activities without adequate fall protection, and for failing to provide proper training.
Although Apex Roofing and Restoration LLC and WW Restoration LLC are listed as separate entities, OSHA cited the companies as a single employer because both share supervision on a common worksite, and have interrelated operations and integrated working relationships.
OSHA Area Director, Ramona Morris in Birmingham, Alabama, said, “Employers have a legal duty to ensure that their employees are protected at all times. This responsibility includes providing appropriate training and conducting assessments to make sure workers understand hazards, and supplying fall protection to minimize the risk of serious or fatal injuries.”
The Alabama Department of Labor said teens as young as 14 can have summer jobs, according to state law, but advise against anyone under 18 working on or in connection with roofing operations.
OSHA’s Protecting Roofing Workers booklet explains fall protection strategies employers can use to protect workers performing roofing operations. The agency’s Fall Protection webpage offers additional compliance assistance resources.
The department’s Wage and Hour Division is also investigating the employers for child labor provision violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The companies have 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.