OSHA Fines Illinois Roofing Company $158,000 for Safety Hazards

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has found five safety violations that carried a proposed penalty of $158,015 against an Illinois roofing company.  The company, Affordable Roofing and Exteriors, Inc. of Trenton, Ill., was cited after inspections at three job sites where workers were improperly using fall protection during the installation of shingles on residential roofs. Since 2009, Affordable Roofing has been cited in five inspections for similar violations by OSHA.

The inspections were carried out in 2013 in Granite City and Belleville, Ill.

At each job site inspection, OSHA found that there were willful violations for failing to ensure that workers used fall protection while doing their work on residential roofs. 

There were two other serious violations at the Belleville job site for choosing not to provide workers with eye protection when they were using pneumatic nail guns and choosing not to provide a ladder to access upper floors in a safe manner.

Roofing work can be extremely dangerous. Roofers are often injured because of a fall from a point high off the ground.  Safety precautions are paramount for workers in this field.  Roofing work is also inherently dangerous because of the exposure workers have to hot tar materials, working high off the ground and working in weather conditions that are not ideal such as in rain, freezing temperatures and with the accumulation of snow and ice.

Kreisman Law Offices has handled injury to workers in the process of doing roofing work for many years. Robert Kreisman has successfully tried jury cases involving roofing workers’ injuries.

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling work injury cases, construction site injury matters, truck accident cases and car crashes cases for individuals and families who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of another for more than 38 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Aurora, Oakbrook, Lombard, Glen Ellyn, Western Springs, Burr Ridge, Hickory Hills, Palos Hills, Worth, Oak Lawn, St. Charles, Northlake, Melrose Park, Oak Park, Maywood, Forest Park and North Riverside, Ill.

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