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Friday, December 5, 2014

OSHA Cites Omaha Roofing Business For Failing To Protect Workers From Falling

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OSHA will be penalizing an Omaha business for allegedly exposing their employees to fall hazards while they were working on a roof.
OSHA will be penalizing an Omaha business for allegedly exposing their employees to fall hazards while they were working on a roof.

The four employees were working on a residential roofing job for home builder Hildy Homes in Elkhorn.

They are employed with Affordable Exteriors.

OSHA saw the workers on the roof at heights of 9 to 18 feet on a steep section without required fall protection.

OSHA cited Affordable Exteriors for two willful violations, carrying proposed penalties of $140,000, for failure to provide required fall protection and fall protection training.

According to OSHA officials, the Omaha-based company has a lengthy history of violating OSHA standards. As a result of this incident, Affordable Exteriors has been placed in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

“Affordable Exteriors clearly hasn’t made worker safety a priority. It has consistently broken the law by failing to provide fall protection to those employees working on roofs,” said Marcia Drumm, OSHA’s acting regional administrator in Kansas City, Missouri. “Since 2005, the company repeatedly refused to protect employees and provide proof that it fixed hazards found during OSHA inspections.”

Two willful citations were cited for failure to provide basic safety equipment, such as guardrails, safety nets, warning-line systems or personal fall arrest systems.

OSHA also found that the workers had inadequate training in fall safety.

OSHA cited the company five times in the...

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