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Region 5 News Release: 10-1431-CHI
Oct. 20, 2010
Contact: Rhonda Burke     Scott Allen
Phone: 312-353-6976     312-353-4727
E-mail: burke.rhonda@dol.gov     allen.scott@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA fines B.O.S.S. Construction $57,600
for failing to provide adequate fall protection for workers

HILLSDALE, Mich. - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited B.O.S.S. Construction of Hillsdale with one alleged willful and one serious safety violation for failing to protect workers from falls at a Monclova, Ohio, residential construction jobsite. Penalties total $57,600.

"Falling is the great safety hazard for workers on roofing projects, and B.O.S.S. Construction has demonstrated a pattern of disregard for its workers' safety by failing to ensure fall protection is in place on jobsites," said OSHA Area Director Jule Hovi. "That is not acceptable, and we are committed to seeing that the workers at this facility are provided a safe and healthy workplace."

The inspection, which was initiated in August as part of OSHA's local emphasis program on falls and residential construction, cited B.O.S.S. Construction with one willful violation carrying a proposed fine of $56,000 for failing to provide workers with fall protection on a pitched residential roof with a fall distance of up to 18 feet. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or plain indifference to employee safety and health.

The serious citation is for failing to ensure that workers were wearing hard hats. That citation carries a penalty of $1,600. An OSHA violation is serious if death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard an employer knew or should have known exists.

Detailed information about fall hazards and safeguards is available on OSHA's website at