Roofing Company Owner Pleads Guilty in Fatal Worker Fall Case

McCullagh RoofingPHILADELPHIA – Roofing company owner James J. McCullagh has pleaded guilty to one count of willfully violating an OSHA regulation causing death to an employee, four counts of making false statements, and one count of obstruction of justice.

The case stems from a 2014 incident where a worker, who was not provided with fall protection, fell 45 feet from a roof while performing roofing repairs on a church in Philadelphia.

McCullagh’s company, James J. McCullagh Roofing Inc., still faces civil penalties totaling $71,600 for 10 willful and serious OSHA violations, with the case pending before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels said in a statement: “the outcome in this case will send a clear message that when employers blatantly and willfully ignore worker safety and health responsibilities, resulting in death or serious injury to workers, or lie to or obstruct OSHA investigators, we will pursue enforcement to the fullest extent of the law, including criminal prosecution.”

McCullagh faces a maximum statutory sentence of 25 years in prison, a possible fine, supervised release and a $510 special assessment when his scheduled sentencing hearing takes place in March 2016, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.