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Region 7 News Release: 11-453-KAN
April 5, 2011
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: 303-844-1302
E-mail: kulczewski.richard@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Allied Roofing Systems
for exposing workers to fall hazards at Omaha, Neb., job site

OMAHA, Neb. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued Allied Roofing Systems LLC of Springfield, Mo., four safety citations following an inspection of an Omaha job site where employees were exposed to fall hazards while installing a roof. Proposed penalties total $64,000.

OSHA initiated its inspection in December 2010 following a referral stemming from a local emphasis program on fall hazards.

"Falls are a leading cause of injury and death in the workplace. It's the employer's responsibility to provide a fall protection program that ensures employees are properly trained and equipped," said Charles E. Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City, Mo. "Employers must make safety priority number one and take all necessary steps to eliminate hazards from the workplace."

One willful citation with a penalty of $56,000 was issued for allowing employees to work at heights greater than 6 feet without fall protection. A willful violation exists when an employer has demonstrated either an intentional disregard for the requirements of the law or plain indifference to employee safety and health.

Two grouped serious citations with penalties of $5,600 were issued for failing to properly certify that the employees were trained to recognize fall hazards and the appropriate abatement methods, and to retrain those employees exposed to the fall hazards prior to allowing them to continue working at heights. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer k