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Region 7 News Release: 11-227-KAN
Feb. 28, 2011
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: 303-844-1302
E-mail: Kulczewski.Richard@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites St. Louis roofing contractor for
repeatedly exposing workers to fall hazards and other safety violations

ST. LOUIS – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited St. Louis roofing contractor Juan Zuniga with six serious and five repeat safety violations for exposing workers to fall and other hazards. OSHA's inspection, which began in October 2010, resulted in proposed penalties totaling $68,720.

"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 continuing to place their workers' lives at needless risk by failing to provide and ensure the use of fall protection."

The serious citations allege a lack of eye protection, scaffold fall and tripping hazards, and inadequate scaffold use training. A serious citation is issued when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

The repeat citations are similar to those issued against the same company on Nov. 25, 2009, and Aug. 16, 2010. Alleged hazards include those associated with falls from a roof, improper ladder use and personnel point of access, and jobsite inspection deficiencies. A repeat citation is issued when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.

Detailed information on fall protection in construction and safe work practices in the construction industry, including