OSHA News Release - Table of Contents
Trade News Release Banner Image

Region 5 News Release: 14-1220-CHI
Aug. 5, 2014
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone:       312-353-6976
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

Miller Building Systems cited by US Department of Labor's OSHA for willfully
exposing workers to dangerous fall hazards
Last year, nearly 300 workers nationwide were fatally injured in construction-related falls

SAVOY, Ill. – Miller Building Systems LLC has been cited for two willful safety violations for exposing workers to fall and overhead hazards while doing roofing work on a residential home under construction in Savoy. This is the fifth time the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the company for similar violations in the past five years. Proposed penalties total $55,000.

"Miller Building Systems has a significant history of violations and has shown consistent reluctance to enforce basic safety standards to protect workers from falls," said Thomas Bielema, OSHA's area director in Peoria. "Falls remain the leading cause of death in the construction industry, and lack of fall protection is the most frequently cited OSHA standard."

Plan. Provide. Train. http://www.osha.gov/stopfalls. Falls From Ladders, Scaffolds and Roofs Can Be Prevented!

An OSHA inspector observed two employees applying sheathing at the home on April 9. The workers were not provided a recommended means of fall protection, such as guardrail systems, safety nets, warning-line systems or personal fall