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Region 7 News Release: 11-187-KAN
Feb. 17, 2011
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: 303-844-1302
E-mail: Kulczewski.Richard@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Bade Roofing Co. in St. Louis for
repeatedly exposing workers to fall hazards, among other safety violations

ST. LOUIS – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Bade Roofing Co. Inc. in St. Louis with nine alleged safety violations for repeatedly exposing workers to fall hazards during roofing operations, as well as other hazards. Proposed penalties total $56,210.

"Falls remain the number one killer of workers in the construction industry," said Charles E. Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City, Mo. "OSHA will not tolerate employers who place workers' lives at needless risk by repeatedly failing to provide and ensure the use of fall protection."

OSHA's inspection, which began in October 2010, resulted in the issuance of seven serious and two repeat citations.

Serious citations are associated with the misuse of portable ladders, a lack of portable firefighting equipment, improper storage of flammable and combustible liquids, and deficient fall protection and ladder training. OSHA issues a serious citation when death or serious physical harm is likely to result from a hazard about which an employer knew or should have known.

Repeat citations are similar to those issued on Aug. 9, 2010, against the same company. They address hazards associated with the lack of a fall protection system at a side or edge 6 feet above a lower level and the lack of a stairway or ladder at a point of access where there was a break in elevation of 19 inches or more. OSHA issues a repeat citation when an employer previously was cited for the same