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Tennessee roofing company cited after worker’s fatal fall through skylight


The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Tennessee-based roofing contractor following the death of an employee who fell through a skylight at a Florida airport hangar.

OSHA said Friday it cited Morrison, Tennessee-based Porter Roofing Contractors Inc. for four serious violations and proposed $53,797 in penalties in connection with the Oct. 25, 2022, incident in which the roofer fell through a skylight at Peter Prince Field in Milton, Florida. The roofer died four days after the 25-foot fall. 

OSHA alleges the company failed to regularly inspect job sites, materials and equipment; exposed workers to electrical, struck-by and fall hazards; and failed to report a work-related employee hospitalization within 24 hours.

Porter Roofing, which has locations in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee, has 15 days to contest the citations and proposed penalties.