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Region 1 News Release: 09-1202-BOS/BOS 2009-335
Fri., Oct. 9, 2009
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074

Pittsfield, N.H., roofing contractor faces $91,000 in U.S. Labor Department OSHA fines for fall hazards at jobsites in Hanover and Manchester, N.H.

CONCORD, N.H. - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed a total of $91,000 in fines against Summer and Winter Construction LLC, a Pittsfield, N.H., roofing contractor, for alleged fall hazards at worksites in Hanover and Manchester, N.H.

OSHA opened inspections at 80 Lyme Road in Hanover and 605 Front St. in Manchester after its inspectors observed Summer and Winter Construction employees performing roofing work without fall protection at both locations. The inspections found workers exposed to falls ranging from 16 feet at the Manchester site to three stories at the Hanover site. OSHA previously had cited the contractor in November 2006 for fall hazards at a Concord worksite.

"The sizable fines we've proposed reflect the serious and recurring nature of these fall hazards," said Rosemarie Ohar, OSHA's area director for New Hampshire. "Improperly utilized fall protection equipment is just as deadly as failing to use fall protection at all. Workers who lack adequate and effective fall protection are just one slip, trip or misstep away from a potentially fatal plunge."

As a result of its inspections, OSHA has issued Summer and Winter Construction one willful citation, with a proposed fine of $70,000, for allowing employees at the Hanover site to work atop a roof without fall protection and with improperly rigged lifelines and improper equipment; and two repeat citations, with $8,000 in fines, for lack of fall protection at the Manchester site and an extension ladder that did not provide safe access to the roof at the Hanover site.

The contractor also has been issued eight serious citations, with $13,000 in fines, for lack of fall protection training, improperly worn body harnesses, an ungrounded power saw, no