Contractor Cited After Worker Falls to His Death

OSHA has cited a construction company after an employee died during his first day on the job, according to a news release. The employee was working to remove shingles from a roof before falling and suffering severe brain damage.

Without required fall protection equipment in place, 42-year-old Brandon Horine died several days later.

Investigators with the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found Horine’s employer, RP Construction, failed to prevent the man’s death by ensuring fall protection equipment was used. The agency also cited the Nampa-based contractor for not training new workers before roof tear-off and re-roofing activities took place. The worker’s death, OSHA says, is the result of an all-too-common occurrence.

According to OSHA statistics, falls account for nearly 40 percent of all deaths in the construction industry, making falls the deadliest of all industry hazards. Sadly, falls are wholly preventable with proper safeguards. OSHA standards require that an effective form of fall protection be in use when workers perform construction activities 6 feet or more above the next lower level.

In its determined effort to reduce preventable, fall-related deaths, the agency offers a Stop Falls online resource with detailed information in English and Spanish on fall protection standards. The page provides fact sheets, posters, and videos that illustrate various fall hazards and appropriate preventive measures.

The ongoing Fall Prevention Campaign was developed in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and NIOSH’s National Occupational Research Agenda program. Begun in 2012, the campaign provides employers with lifesaving information and educational materials on how to prevent falls, provide the right equipment for workers and train employees to use gear properly.