Federal inspectors with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration were recently reviewing safety at a Florida construction site when they looked up to see a familiar sight: workers installing shingles on a roof with absolutely no fall protection. The sight was a familiar one because, according to OSHA, it was the eighth time in five years this roofing contractor had been cited for this offense. Specifically, the company is accused of failing to protect workers from falls by ensuring those working at six feet or higher have the benefit of some type of fall arrest or protection system.
U.S. safety standards outlined in 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(13) require that workers in these conditions must be given at least a personal fall arrest system, a safety net, or a guardrail.
On seven prior occasions since 2011, this company had been cited for repeated, willful, and serious violations for its failure to provide fall protection systems, as well as a lack of eye protection. Several workers were spotted working with powered nail guns with zero eye protection.