Ohio Contractor was Cited and Penalized for Exposing Construction Roofers to Deadly Fall Hazards Six Times Throughout the Past Three Years — Occupational Health & Safety

Ohio contractor cited and fined for exposing construction roofers to fatal fall hazards six times over the past three years

Ohio contractor cited and fined for exposing construction roofers to fatal fall hazards six times over the past three years

JHM Roofing LLC ignored OSHA’s citations due to repeated fall risks in recent years.

OSHA quoted a Millersburg contractor as exposing its workers to fatal fall risks for the sixth time in three years, when a home workplace in Medina did not use PPE for fall protection. The contractor had not cooperated with safety inspectors. On April 28, 2021, OSHA inspectors observed roofers employed by: JMH Roofing LLC operate up to 24 feet above the ground. Two intentional, two repeated and two serious offenses were issued.

OSHA named the company and owner, Jonas Hershberger, and suggested punishments from $136,453. The desk requires the use of fall protection at heights greater than six feet. The inspectors also found that the five-person crew was not wearing the required eye, face or head protection. It was determined that JMH roofing did not have an effective health and safety program, nor did it monitor work sites for safety hazards and ensure compliance.

“The risk of falling makes roofing one of the most dangerous jobs in construction. All too often OSHA inspectors respond to reports of workers without protective equipment and find safety equipment on site but not in use.” explained OSHA Area Director Howard Eberts in Cleveland. “If an employer requires employees to work at heights, they must provide fall protection and appropriate equipment, and train employees to use the equipment safely.”

According to a press release, quoted OSHA in February 2021, June 2020 and May 2018 RAM Roofing LLC for similar hazards. The company, also owned by Hershberger, was cited in April and September 2019, resulting in $137,441 in fines. Hershberger declined to comment on the quotes, discount or pay fines.

The press release also says that in 2019, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that more than 1,061 construction workers died on the job; 401 of them are from waterfalls of height. In fiscal year 2020, construction fall protection was the most frequently mentioned by OSHA inspectors. Visit OSHAs stop falls website, providing safety information and video presentations to educate employees about both hazards and proper safety procedures. JMH Roofing LLC has 15 business days from receipt of citations and fines to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the independent OSHRC.

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