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Region 1 News Release: 08-35-BOS/ BOS 2008-022
Tues., Jan. 22, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074


U.S. Labor Department's OSHA proposes $173,000 in fines against West Haven, Conn., roofing contractor for fall hazards at Farmington, Conn., worksite

HARTFORD, Conn. -- A West Haven, Conn., roofing contractor's failure to supply fall protection for its employees at a Farmington, Conn., worksite has resulted in $173,000 in proposed fines from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Quality Roofing Systems Inc. was cited for a total of 11 alleged willful and serious violations of safety standards at its 1690 New Britain Ave. worksite following an OSHA inspection begun July 17, 2007, after an agency inspector observed Quality Roofing employees exposed to falls of from eight to 20 feet while working at or near the unprotected edges of flat and steep-pitched roofs.

OSHA standards mandate that fall protection be provided when employees work six feet or higher above the next lower level. As a result, OSHA issued Quality Roofing two willful citations, carrying $140,000 in proposed fines, for the lack of fall protection. OSHA defines a willful violation as one committed with plain indifference to or intentional disregard for employee safety and health.

"Falls are the number one killer in construction work, and employees working without fall protection are just one step away from death or disabling injury, said C. William Freeman III, OSHA's area