FL Pool and Patio Maker Cited for Worker Fatality

OSHA has cited a Naples, FL-based patio and pool enclosure manufacturer and installer, for failing to protect employees from fall hazards. The agency’s proposed penalties total $40,096.

OSHA investigated L.I. Aluminum Design Inc. after an employee, installing patio screen enclosures, died from a fall.

The company was issued four serious citations:

  • Failing to provide fall protection to employees working at heights of 10 feet or more;
  • Exposing employees to falls; and
  • Failing to train employees on fall hazards and the proper use of ladders.

Condell Eastmond, OSHA Office Director for the Fort Lauderdale Area, said, “This tragedy could have been avoided if the employer had ensured that workers were adequately trained and wearing appropriate fall safety equipment. Falls are preventable if required safety measures are implemented.”

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its 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.