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Roofer fined after repeated fall hazard violations


A South Florida roofing contractor is facing $115,500 in proposed fines from federal regulators for repeatedly exposing workers to fall hazards.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Pompano Beach, Florida-based Latite Roofing and Sheet Metal L.L.C. for three repeat citations for allowing employees to work from heights up to 27 feet without fall protection, according to a news release issued by the agency on Tuesday.

The company was previously cited for similar violations in 2013 at a worksite in Coconut Creek, Florida, and has been cited nine times in the past five years, according to the agency.

“Latite has been cited numerous times by OSHA in the past five years for exposing workers to fall hazards, yet we are still finding these violations at their work sites,” Condell Eastmond, OSHA's area director in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, said in a statement. “Employers have a legal obligation to provide any necessary equipment, such as a fall protection, to ensure their workers can perform their duties safely.”

The company could not be immediately reached for comment.

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