WI Roofing Contractor Leaves Fall Protection Equipment on Ground While Workers Risk Their Lives Above

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WI Roofing Contractor Leaves Fall Protection Equipment on Ground While Workers Risk Their Lives Above


SUAMICO, WI – In March 2022, an OSHA safety inspector observed five roofers atop a Wrightstown residence, working at heights up to 23 feet without required fall protection. The inspector later found the fall protection equipment piled in a bucket on the ground next to a work truck.

A month later, another inspector observed three workers without adequate fall protection on a roof in Seymour. When asked about the risks, the foreman claimed the crew had begun the shift with required fall protection equipment, but they later removed it so as not to slow their work.

In both instances, OSHA found Overhead Solutions Inc. of Suamico was the general contractor who assigned both crews, and who was responsible for their safety on March 14 and April 19, 2022. OSHA cited the contractor for exposing workers to falls and not ensuring fall protection equipment was used effectively.

The agency identified the failures as two serious violations and proposed penalties of $37,293.

The department found that while Overhead Solutions maintained control of the job site, job bidding, and crew assignments, the company falsely designated the workers as subcontractors.

Overhead Solutions, a division of Infinity Exteriors LLC, provides residential and commercial roofing, window replacement, siding, and other services in northeast and northern Wisconsin.

Falls are a persistent hazard found in all occupational settings. A fall can occur during the simple act of walking, climbing a ladder to change a light fixture, or as a result of a complex series of events affecting an iron worker 80 feet above the ground.

Safety UnlimitedSUN News’ parent company, offers online Fall Prevention for Construction training, approved for 1 Contact Hour (0.1 CEUs) of REHS Continuing Education Credits (Public Health Accreditation #044).

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