Ohio Roofing Contractor Faces $148K in Fines for Alleged Safety Violations

July 14, 2020

Federal officials say a Dublin, Ohio-based roofing contractor is facing penalties of more than $148,000 after being cited for workplace safety violations.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Jerry Turnbaugh for exposing employees to falls at three separate residential home sites in Pickerington, Ohio. Turnbaugh faces penalties of $148,430 for five willful safety violations.

OSHA opened all three inspections under the local emphasis program for falls. On May 7, 2020, inspectors observed employees working on a residential roof without adequate fall protection. On June 3, 2020, and June 22, 2020, inspectors again observed company crews exposed to fall hazards while working on separate residential home sites. OSHA cited the company for failing to provide appropriate fall protection, train employees to recognize and minimize fall hazards, and develop safety programs.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Source: OSHA

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