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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Two Florida Roofing Companies For Exposing Employees to Fall and Other Hazards

GREENACRES, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited two Florida commercial and residential roofing companies for exposing employees to struck-by and fall hazards at a Greenacres, Florida, worksite. The companies face a combined $83,348 in penalties.

OSHA cited Cruz Enterprises & Construction LLC - based in Dover, Florida - and Intex Builders LLC - based in Tampa, Florida - for willfully allowing employees to perform roofing activities without conventional fall protection. OSHA also cited Intex Builders for allowing employees to operate a powered industrial truck without being trained or certified, and exposing employees to struck-by hazards. OSHA conducted the inspection in conjunction with the Regional Emphasis Program on Falls in Construction.

"Assuring a safe workplace is the law," said OSHA Area Director Condell Eastmond, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. "Employers are legally obligated to comply with safety standards to ensure that workers are protected from hazards that can cause serious injuries."

The companies have 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed 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.

OSHA's Powered Industrial Trucks eTool Quickcard provides information on how to prevent collisions, falls, tip-overs, and struck-by incidents.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to help ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

Agency
Occupational Safety & Health Administration
Date
October 16, 2019
Release Number
19-1578-ATL
Contact: Eric R. Lucero
Phone Number
Contact: Michael D'Aquino
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