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Roofing Company Fined After Wrongful Death Of Worker

Worker safety signsA Carteret roofing company was investigated for safety violations and fined $43,000 in the wrongful death of worker. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) agency investigated the company after a terrible construction site accident. An employee of the company died after falling from a roof to the pavement about 25 feet below.

OSHA investigators concluded that an accidental tipping of a roof hoist caused the worker’s fatal fall. The roofing company was held responsible as it had ignored the manufacturer’s warnings and used roofing materials as counterweight for the hoist.

Apparently, OSHA has cited this company at least 10 times before for breaching safety standards. The director of OSHA’s Parsippany area office has asserted that the company could have prevented the latest accident by properly protecting its workers from falls.

OSHA Protection for New Jersey Workers

Workplace falls are a major cause of traumatic injury and death for American construction workers. Even workers in many other industries such as logging, factory workers, truck and taxi drivers, electricians, waste collectors, fishermen and even farm laborers using heavy equipment are all at high risk for work related accidents. For these reasons the main goal of OSHA is to prevent such accidents and provide workers a safe and healthy workplace.

Under OSHA laws, employers will face severe consequences if they do not implement appropriate safety measures to protect their workers. These measures may include providing safe tools and protective equipment as well as imparting safety training to employees.

Covered employers must report all work related deaths to OSHA within 8 hours. All work related hospitalizations, amputations and loss of eye are required to be reported within 24 hours.

OSHA laws also give workers the right to file complaints about safety hazards in the workplace and request anonymity, without the fear of being retaliated against.

Safety Inspections To Prevent Injury Or Wrongful Death of workers

OSHA can inspect any covered New Jersey workplace during normal work hours. For practical purposes however, OSHA focuses on the most dangerous workplaces. A worker complaint failure to report serious injuries by an employer typically triggers a safety inspection. If the OSHA inspectors find safety violations, OSHA may issue citations and fines. The fines may go up to $7000 for each serious violation. For a repeat or willful violation, the fine can be as high as $70,000.

If OSHA issues a citation, it usually gives the employer an opportunity to work out a settlement agreement and eliminate the hazard. Employers are also given 15 working days to formally appeal against the citation and proposed penalties.

Call an Experienced NJ OSHA Attorney

Contact the experienced New Jersey OSHA lawyers of Villani & DeLuca, P.C. If you have been injured at work call 732-965-3801 today for a free initial consultation. We represent clients throughout Ocean County and Monmouth County, New Jersey.