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Region 1 News Release: 12-1611-BOS /BOS 2-12-151
Aug. 15, 2012
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald    Andre Bowser
Phone: 617-565-2075    617-565-2074
Email: fitzgerald.edmund@dol.gov    bowser.andre.j@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites JC Silva Remodeling Services for fall
hazards at 3 Conn. work sites, including 1 where a worker died from a fall
OSHA urges Connecticut employers to plan, equip and train workers to prevent fall hazards

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Bridgeport roofing contractor JC Silva Remodeling Services LLC for fall hazards at three Fairfield County work sites, including one where a worker died Feb. 14 when he fell from the roof while installing and removing skylights.

"This death was needless," said Robert Kowalski, OSHA's area director in Bridgeport. "Especially disturbing is the employer's recurring failure to adequately protect its workers against the number one killer in construction work, even after a fall claimed the life of one of its employees."

The investigation by OSHA's Bridgeport Area Office of the site where the fatality occurred, located at 344 Jenn Court in Shelton, found that neither fall protection, such as guardrails or lifelines, was provided for the workers, nor were they trained to recognize fall hazards. These conditions exposed them to falls of 30-40 feet from the roof. An additional fall hazard stemmed from the use of a damaged ladder to access the roof.

At the second site, located at 149 Westport Ave. in Norwalk, inspectors found that workers were exposed to falls of up to 20 feet from the roof and a scaffold due to a lack of fall protection. Additional fall hazards stemmed from using a damaged ladder to support the scaffolding, using a ladder that did not