June 28 – July 4

Sarasota, FL

Crown Roofing LLC, is facing OSHA fines of $149,662 for allegedly exposing employees to fall hazards at a Jupiter, FL work site.

OSHA said it investigated the company as part of the agency’s Regional Emphasis Program for Falls in Construction.

OSHA cited the company for one repeat violation – which carries a maximum penalty of $129,336 – for failing to utilize a guardrail, safety net, or personal fall arrest systems while working at heights above 6 feet.

Additional citations were issued for failing to have a competent person regularly inspect job sites, materials, and equipment and failing to maintain written certification records verifying fall protection training was provided.

Morrow, OH

JK Excavating & Utilities Inc. is now in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program after a worker died in a trench collapse.

Employees at a Morrow, Ohio residential construction site were working in trenches up to 16 ft. deep without cave-in protection, according to agency investigators.

After the fatality, OSHA cited the company for the following:

  • Failing to use protective systems to prevent a cave-in;
  • Implement methods to remove accumulating water;
  • Properly use ladders to enter and exit the trench;
  • Prevent employees from working beneath a suspended trench box;
  • Ensure employees wore hard hats; and
  • Make provisions for prompt medical attention in the event of injury.

Newton, IA

Iowa OSHA has issued $154,524 in fines to TPI Composites, manufacturer of wind turbine blades, for multiple workplace safety violations at its Newton wind blade factory, the result of a five-month investigation sparked by a Des Moines Register special report.

According to the Register two former employees of TPI Composites are suing the company after improper protection from the fiberglass caused them to get sick and then fired when they couldn’t work with the chemicals anymore.

Safety issues including fire hazards, airborne contaminants, faulty record keeping, fall hazards, and a lack of employee training on using personal protective equipment (PPE).

Exposure to the chemicals caused some workers to develop skin sensitization, essentially an allergy developed over time. Some workers say that after they reported the injuries, they were let go.

Rockford, MI

Woods Carpentry is facing $77,600 in proposed penalties for repeat violations – two of them serious – for exposing workers to fall hazards, and not training them in fall protection.

The company was previously cited for these violations in 2014 and 2016.

Other violations include:

  • A copy of the company’s accident-prevention program was not at the jobsite;
  • Flammable materials were stored in a job trailer with no fire extinguisher available; and
  • No first-aid certifications were available at the jobsite.