APPLETON – An Appleton-based contractor was cited twice in six months for exposing workers to dangerous fall hazards, the US Department of Labor said in a statement Thursday.
Apple Roofing Solutions received citations from the US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration in June for failing to provide fall protection equipment to workers, train workers on fall protection equipment use and provide a ladder extending at least 3 feet above landing surface. The hazards were identified during an inspection at a job site in Neenah, and OSHA proposed penalties of $21,140.
Then, on Nov. 2, an OSHA inspector saw six roofers on top of a two-story duplex in Algoma. After an investigation, OSHA cited the company March 3 for the same hazards, with proposed penalties totaling $49,722.
When OSHA issues a citation to a company, the company has 15 days to do one of three things: comply by correcting the violations and paying the penalties, request a meeting with the OSHA area director, or contest the citation before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
According to the US Department of Labor, Apple Roofing Solutions has failed to comply with OSHA safety requirements in the past. In 2017 and 2018, the company received OSHA citations for similar hazards at other job sites.
The US Department of Labor said Apple Roofing Solutions has not paid the OSHA penalties from June and has not complied with requirements to provide abatement information.
“Apple Roofing Solutions continues to show a flagrant disregard for the safety and well-being of its workers, and the law,” Appleton’s OSHA area director Robert Bonack said in a statement. “Fall hazards make roofing work among the construction industry’s most dangerous jobs and among OSHA’s most frequently cited hazards.”
OSHA spokesperson Scott Allen said a company failing to comply with OSHA citations and penalties is not a rare situation. However, fine increase with subsequent citations
“Unfortunately, it’s more common than you would think,” Allen said. “But what OSHA wants most is that the workplace is a safe working environment for everyone. So if they would coordinate with OSHA and abate the issues, that’s best for everyone.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2020, 351 construction workers died on the job by falling from elevated heights.
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