CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Occupational Safety and Health Agency quoted Double M Roofing & Construction after the agency alleged a 14-year-old was seriously injured in a roof fall.
OSHA cited the West Farmington contractor for six separate violations on Thursday where the required fall protection was not applied in two cases.
The company was fined $ 73,533 for the two incidents. You have 15 days to comply with the quote, request an informal conference with Howard Eberts, Director of OSHA Cleveland, or appeal the results to the Independent Health and Safety Commission. Eberts said the company hadn’t responded yet.
The first instance concerned a 14-year-old boy who was seriously injured on December 17 after falling 20 feet from the roof of a Berea townhouse.
The boy was employed by the company, but the Department of Labor’s child labor laws “don’t allow a 14-year-old to do construction work at great heights,” Eberts said. Eberts said the boy shouldn’t have been working on the roof.
“You can’t work on a ladder, you can’t work at heights,” said Eberts. “They can’t do the dangerous jobs that are under construction.”
After the boy fell, company owner Melvin Schmucker and three workers were seen putting on personal fall protection equipment and apparently trying to hide that fall protection was not being used, the Department of Labor said in a press release. A surveillance camera showed the boy and three other workers were not using fall protection equipment. The equipment was in the company’s trailer at the place where the boy fell.
The boy suffered severe head injuries. OSHA does not know the status of the boy’s current condition.
Double M Roofing & Construction could not be reached for comment.
Just over two weeks after the Berea incident, OSHA found that Schmucker and four Double M Roofing & Construction employees were installing roofing materials in a Hinckley house that was working more than 22 feet above the ground. Fall protection was not used, the agency said.
“All too often, OSHA inspectors who respond to reports from roofers without fall protection find that the employer has the safety equipment on site and is refusing to ensure that it is used,” Eberts said in a press release. “Due to the risk of falling, roof work is one of the most dangerous jobs in the construction industry. OSHA requires fall protection when working at heights greater than 6 feet. “
OSHA and construction industry stakeholders will come together May 3-7 to address and raise awareness of the national safety shutdown to prevent falls in the construction industry.