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Region 2 News Release: 08-1248-NEW/BOS 2008-249
Thurs., Sept. 4, 2008
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074

Fall hazards at SUNY Geneseo worksite lead to $70,000 in U.S. Labor Department OSHA fines for Rochester, N.Y., roofing contractor
A.M. Stern Inc. previously cited for fall hazards in Rochester and West Henrietta, N.Y.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A Rochester, N.Y., roofing contractor faces $70,000 in fines from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for fall hazards of 38 to 44 feet at a worksite on the State University of New York at Geneseo campus in Geneseo, N.Y.

A.M. Stern Inc. was cited for five alleged repeat violations of safety standards following an OSHA inspection on June 24 when an inspector observed employees working without fall protection while performing roofing work atop Ontario Hall.

"These employees were exposed to falls of up to four stories," said Arthur Dube, OSHA's area director in Buffalo. "One slip, one misstep, one instance of losing balance could have ended their lives. What's more disturbing and the reason we're proposing these substantial fines is that this employer previously had been cited for fall hazards at other jobsites."

Four of the citations address fall hazards found at the Ontario Hall worksite: employees working without fall protection; employees not trained in fall protection methods and in how to recognize fall hazards; a safety monitor not competent to identify fall hazards; a