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North Florida Roofing & Repair faces $48K in OSHA fines

8:07 PM, Dec 10, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local roofing company is facing more than $48,000 in proposed fines from the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

North Florida Roofing & Repair had a total of four violations at a job site on Ashbourne Trail in Arlington: two serious, one repeat and one willful, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Labor. The investigation of the company began in August.

-The two serious violations involved using a ladder in the closed position to climb onto the roof and using a portable ladder that did not extend 3 feet over the landing surface. These violations bring $2,640 in proposed penalties.

-The repeat violation involved the company failing to ensure that employees were wearing safety glasses during the use of a pneumatic nail gun. North Florida Roofing & Repair was cited for this in March and faces a proposed penalty of $3,250.

-The willful violation involves not using fall protection. According to the release "a willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker and health safety." The company faces a proposed penalty of $42,350 for this violation.

"This employer continues to expose employees to fall and struck-by hazards, putting workers at risk of serious injury or death," Brian Sturtecky, OSHA's area director in Jacksonville, said in the release. "Employers who are cited for willful and repeat violations demonstrate a lack of commitment to worker safety and health."

The company now has three options:

-It can contest the citations and penalties before OSHA
-It can request an informal conference with Sturtecky
-It can comply with the citations

First Coast News spoke to the homeowner where the roofing work was done. The homeowner, Berney, told FCN that he was very pleased with the work that North Florida Roofing did on his roof. The homeowner told FCN that the owner of North Florida roofing is "a great young man."

The homeowner said he believes the OSHA inspections are the result of another company reporting North Florida Roofing to OSHA. Berney told FCN he believes the owner of North Florida Roofing "is being railroaded."

Mark, the owner of North Florida Roofing, told FCN he aknowledges what happened. He said his goal is to be safe. Mark had no comment on why the violations happened.

Mark said he belives he was turned in to OSHA by a competing company because that other company was not awarded the homeowner's roofing bid.

First Coast News

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