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News » US » West Virginia contractor fined after worker falls from roof » published 7 Dec 2017

West Virginia contractor fined after worker falls from roof

A West Virginia contractor is facing penalties totalling almost US$87,000 after an employee was seriously injured in a roof fall.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Princeton-based Benco Builders of the Virginias Inc for multiple safety hazards, including lack of fall protection. The employee suffered serious injuries from the 19-foot fall and the proposed penalties faced by the contractor topal US$86,916.

OSHA inspected a site where Benco was the general contractor responsible for demolishing an existing structure and constructing two buildings. It has issued a willful citation for failure to provide and require employees to wear fall protection during roofing work. The agency also cited the company with eight serious violations for exposing workers to electrical, scaffolding and forklift hazards; and for providing defective and uninspected fall protection equipment. OSHA also issued one other-than-serious citation for not developing and implementing a written hazard communication program for hazardous materials.

“Falls remain the leading cause of injury and death in the construction industry," said OSHA area office director Prentice Cline. "Employers must provide proper fall protection and follow all safety requirements to prevent incidents like this from occurring."

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


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This article was published on 7 Dec 2017 (last updated on 7 Dec 2017).

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