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Region 1 News Release: 09-487-BOS/BOS 2009-145
Thurs, May 21, 2009
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074

U.S. Labor Department's OSHA proposes more than $113,000 in fines against West Hartford, Conn., contractor after employee falls 24 feet from roof
J.P. Carroll Construction also cited for electrocution and scaffold hazards

HARTFORD, Conn. - A West Hartford, Conn., roofing contractor faces a total of $113,200 in proposed fines from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after an employee was seriously injured when he fell 24 feet from a roof. The accident took place on Nov. 17, 2008, at a residential construction project at 133 South Highland St. in West Hartford.

OSHA's inspection found that the employer, J.P. Carroll Construction Inc., failed to supply fall protection for employees working on the roof and that the aluminum ladder used to access the roof did not extend at least three feet above the roof's edge for required stability. The aluminum ladder also posed an electrocution hazard because it was located only 14 inches from an energized electric power line.

As a result of these conditions, OSHA has issued J.P. Carroll Construction Inc. three willful citations with $105,000 in proposed fines. OSHA defines a willful violation as one committed with plain indifference to or intentional disregard for employee safety and health. OSHA previously cited the company in 2004 and 2007 for fall-related hazards at worksites in West Hartford and Hartford.

"This case is a graphic example of what can happen when basic, commonsense and legally required safeguards are ignored," said C. William Freeman III, OSHA's area director in Hartford. "Equally troubling was the placement of the aluminum ladder next to a live power line. This set-up left workers just inches away from d