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Region 4 News Release: 14-1317-ATL (187)
July 29, 2014
Contact: Michael D'Aquino    Lindsay Williams
Phone:     678-237-0630
Email: d'aquino.michael@dol.gov    williams.lindsay.l@dol.gov

Georgia roofing contractor cited for repeat and serious violations following
US Department of Labor OSHA inspections

ATLANTA – Pablo Lopez of Norcross has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for three repeat and one serious safety violation following inspections at two work sites in Milton and Smyrna where employees were performing roofing work without fall protection. The inspections began in February and April 2014 as part of the agency's Regional Emphasis Program on Falls in Construction. Proposed penalties total $83,930.

"It is unacceptable that Lopez continues to violate OSHA standards by exposing workers to serious fall hazards," said Christi Griffin, director of OSHA's Atlanta-West Area Office. "Allowing repeat violations to occur only demonstrates the employer's lack of commitment to safety and the lives of his workers."

The repeat violations were cited for exposing workers to fall hazards between 14 and 24 feet when employees installed shingles on an unprotected, steep-sloped roof; for failure to ensure the extension ladder that workers used to access the roof extended 3 feet above the landing area; and for allowing employees to carry shingles from a material lift without wearing fall protection. These repeat violations total $80,850. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any facility in federal enforcement states within the