Deadly Fall Results in 9 Willful Violations for Lengthy Island Contractor — Occupational Well being & Security

Deadly Fall Results in 9 Willful Violations for Lengthy Island Contractor

OSHA has cited a Lengthy Island contractor with 9 willful violations after an worker died following a fall onsite.

The Occupational Security and Well being Administration has investigated and located {that a} Lengthy Island roofing contractor failed to offer crucial safeguards to guard workers towards falls—leading to a fatality. 

In keeping with a press launch, on August 19, 2021, DME Building Associates was working at a City of Oyster Bay municipal constructing when an worker fell 18 toes via an unprotected skylight. OSHA discovered that along with the unprotected skylight, the employer additionally uncovered employees to falls of as much as 22 toes from different unguarded roof openings and roof edges. The employer was additionally discovered to have failed to offer workers with an fall safety tools.

This isn’t the primary time DME has been in scorching water with OSHA. The company has cited DME seven occasions since 2011 for fall-related hazards, together with not offering safety from falls via skylights and roof edges. The contractor at present has $50,000 in unpaid fines.

“DME Building Associates Inc. has frequently ignored its obligation to offer a protected office and that failure price a employee their life,” mentioned OSHA Regional Administrator Richard Mendelson in New York. “Making certain employee security shouldn’t be an possibility. The U.S. Division of Labor will maintain employers accountable after they knowingly disregard the legislation requiring using private protecting tools.”

Primarily based on the corporate’s violation historical past and intentional disregard of fall safety requirements, which resulted in a employee fatality, OSHA issued 9 willful violations to the corporate, together with eight egregious per-instance citations for DME’s failure to offer fall safety for every of the eight workers who labored on the roof. The company additionally cited the corporate for 4 severe violations for different fall hazards, and for violations associated to the crane in use on-site. Proposed penalties whole $1,201,031.

View OSHA’s citations to DME right here.