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New Hampshire roofing contractor cited over fall hazards


A New Hampshire roofing contractor is facing proposed fines of $234,741 after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration accused the company of failing to protect workers against fall hazards.

OSHA on Monday announced citations for willful, repeat and safety violations against Derry, New Hampshire-based Ridge Runner Construction LLC over claims the contractor exposed employees to falls of up to 20 feet as they performed roofing work at job sites in September 2022 in the towns of Merrimack and Salem and that it failed to provide effective fall protection training to workers.

The company is also accused of failing to ensure proper anchorage for lifelines and failing to have a “competent person” inspect both worksites to identify and correct hazards.

At the Salem job site, the contractor is also accused of failing to provide proper eye and face protection for employees working with nail guns and for enabling a potential fire hazard relating to an improper gasoline container.

The company has 15 days to contest the citations.

Ridge Runner Construction received citations for similar violations in 2017 and 2021 at job sites in neighboring Massachusetts.