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Region 5 News Release: 14-627-CHI
April 24, 2014
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone:       312-353-6976
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

Rogers Roofing faces proposed penalties of $44,660
by US Labor Department's OSHA for exposing workers to fall hazards

FRANKFORT, Ill. – Rogers Roofing Inc. has been issued citations for two safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing workers to fall hazards at a residential site on Feb. 28. Proposed penalties for the company, which has been cited by OSHA six times in the past six years for similar violations, total $44,660.

"Falls remain the leading cause of death in the construction industry. Failing to protect construction workers on roofs from falls is inexcusable," said Kathy Webb, OSHA's area director in Calumet City. "Employers, such as Rogers Roofing, are repeatedly placing workers' safety and lives at risk by failing to abide by existing safety standards.

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OSHA found that roofers were working without required means of fall protection, such as a personal fall arrest system, creating a potentially hazardous work environment.

Rogers Roofing, based in Hammond, Ind., was issued one willful violation for failing to protect employees from falls, as well as a serious violation for allowing workers to carry any objects or loads while accessing the roof that could cause them to lose balance and fall. A