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Fall Hazards Result in $103K OSHA Bill

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

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Federal workplace safety authorities say an Illinois roofing contractor exposed employees to fall hazards up to 19 feet.

Don Bosco LLC, of Batavia, IL, was cited for one willful and seven serious safety violations, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Dec. 2.

Fall protection

Falls are the leading cause of death in construction. OSHA has created a Stop Falls online resource with detailed information in English and Spanish on fall protection standards.

Proposed fines total $103,000.

“Don Bosco has demonstrated a deliberate lack of concern for the safety of its employees by refusing to comply with fall protection standards,” Jake Scott, OSHA’s area director in North Aurora said in a statement.

Inspection Stems Fine

The case stems from an inspection conducted in June, where eight employees working to frame a home in Elgin were allegedly exposed to falls in excess of 17 feet when they were building scaffolds and 19 feet while constructing rafters, the agency said. 

The company had not provided workers with fall protection such as guardrail systems, safety nets or personal fall arrest systems, the agency alleged.

OSHA said it has two additional inspections open with the company for similar violations observed in June and August.

The company could not be reached for comment Monday (Dec. 7). Don Bosco has 15 days from the receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings.


Tagged categories: Citations; Enforcement; Fall protection; Good Technical Practice; Health and safety; North America; OSHA; Regulations; Roofing contractors

Comment from M. Halliwell, (12/8/2015, 10:54 AM)

"OSHA said it has two additional inspections open with the company for similar violations observed in June and August." - No wonder the name sounded familiar. If memory serves, the other two citations carried some pretty hefty fines too. The number and magnitude of the fines makes me think this Don Bosco company is one of the recalcitrant: it either doesn't care about employee safety or it sees the fines as part of doing business. After all, a couple hundred thousand dollars (the subsequent fines following the first June inspection) could outfit a sizeable workforce with fall protection gear.

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