Tuesday, December 3, 2013

OSHA Cracking Down on New Home Roofers

If you have visited a modular home set, you've probably seen one or more workers taking shortcuts or not taking precautions as prescribed by OSHA when it comes to finishing the house shingles. The owners of the set crews throughout the US know the rules and provide the appropriate harnesses, safety glasses, ladders and other necessary safety gear.

However, human nature being what it is, many of their workers just don't want to take the time to gear up for safety. Here is an article about a roofer in Illinois that was fined $158,000 for only four jobs. What do you think would happen if they started showing up at your modular home sets?

Illinois Roofing Company Fined $158K for Safety Hazards

Affordable Roofing and Exteriors Inc. in Trenton, Ill., has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for five safety violations, carrying proposed penalties of $158,015.

The citations follow inspections at three job sites where workers were improperly using fall protection during the installation of shingles on residential roofs, OSHA said. Since 2009, the company has been cited in five inspections for similar violations.

Residential job sites were inspected on July 15 in the 1400 block of Nameoki Road in Granite City. On June 27, an inspection took place in the 700 block of Lebanon Avenue in Belleville. On May 16, an inspection occurred in the 200 block of Dodge in Belleville.
At each job site, a willful violation was cited for failing to ensure workers used fall protection while performing residential roofing. The inspections were initiated under the national emphasis program for fall safety.

A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirement, or with plain indifference to employee safety and health.

Two serious violations were cited at the Belleville job site for failing to provide eye protection to workers who used pneumatic nail guns and provide a ladder to access upper landings safely.

A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Affordable Roofing and Exteriors has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Source: OSHA


Stan Weaver said...

they already are showing up to modular set, believe me we have experianced it 4 times inthe last two years

Stan Weaver
Modular Home Erectors,Inc.

Anonymous said...

I've selling mods since 1989 and never once saw a set crew worker use a harness. Time for a change!!

Anonymous said...

Make sure you review your online videos - don't invite trouble and fines

This has become serious issue as OSHA reviewing building permits, including many roofing jobs, for fine leads

Builders and/or set crew leaders create a written safety program and document on site reviews