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A Georgia roofing company is facing $280,000 in proposed penalties from federal workplace safety regulators for exposing workers to fall and other hazards.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Atlanta-based Jasper Contractors Inc. for four willful safety violations at two job sites in Jacksonville, Florida, according to an agency news release issued on Tuesday. This marked the second series of citations issued against the company this month, with another $140,000 in penalties for willful violations at a Jacksonville site.
Agency inspectors found the employer did not ensure employees were properly wearing fall protection equipment and exposed workers to the risk of falls from as high as eight feet or using eye protection while operating powered nail guns, according to the release.
OSHA has completed 13 inspections and found 24 violations at Jasper sites since 2009, finding violations such as lack of fall and eye protection and ladder safety, and assessed more than $516,000 in penalties, according to the agency.
“Despite its claim that its employees 'are adults who know the risks,' Jasper Contractors has a legal responsibility to protect its employees,” Brian Sturtecky, OSHA's area director in Jacksonville, said in a statement. “This company's dismissive approach toward workplace safety is illegal and irresponsible. OSHA will continue to use all its available resources to ensure workers are protected.”
A company spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment.
Employers have more to worry about given the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's ramp-up of litigation to protect whistleblowing employees as it targets common workplace safety policies as well as supervisors.