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Region 5 News Release: 14-609-CHI
May 1, 2014
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone:       312-353-6976
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA fines Five Star Commercial Roofing $49,000 for
exposing workers to dangerous fall hazards in Bartonville, Ill.
Last year, nearly 300 workers were fatally injured in construction-related falls nationwide

BARTONVILLE, Ill. – Five Star Commercial Roofing Inc. has been cited for a willful safety violation after exposing workers to fall hazards of 29 feet at a commercial roofing project in Bartonville. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration found workers exposed during a March 3 investigation and proposed civil penalties of $49,000.

The exposure came as workers installed roofing materials on a commercial sales and service building. Last year, nearly 300 workers were fatally injured in construction-related falls nationwide. Since 2009, the Hartford City, Ind.-based company has been cited by OSHA five times in Illinois, Ohio and Indiana for similar violations.

"Falls remain the leading cause of death in the construction industry. Allowing construction workers on roofs without fall protection is inexcusable," said Tom Bielema, OSHA's area director in Peoria. "OSHA has previously provided Five Star Commercial Roofing with safety information, examples of safety and health programs, training and other information to assist them in abating these safety issues and protecting their workers. Yet the employer failed to ensure that workers were protected."