Earlier this month, a Pennsylvania roofing contractor was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for safety violations. Airworks Construction, a roofing contractor based in Luthersburg, PA, did not have fall protection for the roofers replacing a roof on a residence in Williamsport, PA. The roofers were exposed to fall hazards of up to 22 feet.
Further, this violation for roofing company was a willful violation, i.e., a violation committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirement, or with plain indifference to workers’ safety and health.
For roofers, fall protection is crucial to ensure their safety. If there is no fall protection, roofers may fall from the roof and sustain catastrophic injuries. Not only do employers need to provide fall protection for the roofers, the fall protection must also be effective. Providing fall protection is one of the fundamental safety regulations employers of roofers know and should know about.
In addition to the willful violation, the roofing contractor was also cited for 3 other serious violations. One of the serious violations also involved lack of fall protection. The roofing contractor failed to provide safety harnesses for workers who were working from an aerial lift and also failed provide proper employee training. Workers could potentially fall from the aerial lift due to the lack of harnesses and sustain serious fall injuries.
Due to worker’s compensation law, employees in Pennsylvania are generally barred from suing their employers for accidents that occur while on the job. However, there are limited situations when workers may sue their employers for accidents and injuries that happen while at work.
If you are a roofer or construction worker who was injured while working at a worksite due to lack of fall protection or faulty fall protection systems, feel free to contact the construction accident lawyers at White and Williams for a free initial consultation. 877.944.8396