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Roofer cited for repeat, willful violations over fall hazards


The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Wednesday announced it cited a Massachusetts roofing contractor with a history of fall-related safety violations.

OSHA cited Framingham-based Brothers Construction Services Inc., which also operates as Brothers Construction and Roofing and Brothers Roofing, for eight willful, serious, repeat and other-than-serious violations and proposed $306,229 in penalties.

The citation relates to a complaint-driven investigation in August 2023 during which inspectors observed eight workers exposed to falls of up to 20 feet during a residential roofing construction job in Boston.

Brothers Construction failed to provide employees with adequate fall protection, didn’t properly train workers about fall hazards, failed to provide employees with hard hats and eye protection and failed to conduct regular job site safety inspections, OSHA said.

The company, which has been cited for similar violations dating back to 2011, has 15 business days to contest the citation and proposed penalties.