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OSHA Calls Roofer ‘Severe Violator’

Monday, January 9, 2017

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An Illinois roofing contractor with a history of exposing workers to unsafe working conditions has once again been cited by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Swansea-based Robert Barringer III, which operates as Barringer Brothers Roofing among other names, faces four willful and two serious safety violations, carrying $214,782 in proposed fines. Inspectors said they saw workers at risk of falling 12 feet without fall protection at a residential jobsite in Troy, IL, in July 2016.


Statistics show falls cause four of every 10 deaths in the construction industry.

"Robert Barringer exposed employees to fall hazards, and failed to comply with federal safety requirements to protect workers on the job putting them at serious risk of injury or worse," said Aaron Priddy, OSHA's area director in Fairview Heights. "Fall protection is required whenever employees work at heights greater than 6 feet."

Inspectors also noted other hazards at the site, including employees without eye protection using nail guns, and failure to initiate and maintain an accident prevention program, according to the citation document.

The new case represents the 20th time OSHA has cited Barringer in the past decade. Many of the violations relate to fall protection. In August, OSHA said Barringer was in default on a total of $267,900 in fines.

OSHA said it has placed Barringer in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

The company could not be reached for comment Friday (Jan. 6).


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

Comment from M. Halliwell, (1/9/2017, 12:22 PM)

Shameful. I'd guess that even when they kill a worker, they'd just shut down that arm of the company and spin up a new one. I sure hope that when they kill someone, that their record is used to charge a corporate officer (or two or three) and a supervisor (or two or three). With that many citations, they cannot claim ignorance and it has to be a willful act, which would make a worker death manslaughter at the very least.

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