Maine Roofing Contractor Refusing to Provide Fall Safety Faces $500K in Penalties

Maine Roofing Contractor Refusing to Provide Fall Safety Faces 0K in Penalties

OSHA has taken the rare step of posting an imminent danger notice at a construction site in Augusta, MEafter a contractor has refused to ensure the safety of their workers, including 3 egregious willful violations for not providing guardrails, safety nets, personal fall arrest systems, or other safeguards.

According to OSHA, ARP Renovation LLC/ARP Roofing & Siding LLC willingly exposed its employees to fall hazards at a Hampden residential construction site on multiple occasions during the same inspection.

OSHA proposed a total of $501,376 in penalties due to the companies’ refusal to provide fall protection and other safeguards for their employees.

ARP Roofing & Siding LLC, operates as a single entity with Medford, New Jersey-based ARP Renovation LLC, also solely owned, controlled, and operated by Pollock.

Responding to reports of workers being exposed to fall hazards while working on the roofs of buildings on Victoria Way, OSHA inspectors found at least five employees exposed to falls of 10 to 18 feet to the ground and pavement below.

OSHA standards require that employers provide fall protection to employees engaged in residential construction activities 6 feet or more above a lower level.

OSHA also cited the employer for five serious violations and one other-than-serious violation, carrying $66,295 in proposed penalties, for not:

  • Providing employees with a training program about fall hazards;
  • Ensuring ladder side rails were extended three feet above the upper landing surface;
  • Providing employees with a ladder safety training program;
  • Ensuring employees wear head protection when working below roofing operations; other
  • Maintaining OSHA 300 illness and injury records.

OSHA has the right to ask a federal court to order the employer to eliminate the imminent danger.