A Pittsburgh-area roofing company must pay more than half a million dollars in federal fines following the accidental death of one of its employees last year.
OSHA fined C.A. Franc Construction Co. for failing to protect workers from falling on its job sites. In August 2009, a Franc Construction roofer working in Washington, Pa., fell 40 feet to his death.
The accident was one of five falls that occurred in a 15-day period in the Pittsburgh area last summer.
The company faces $539,000 in OSHA fines—$49,000 for each unprotected worker who worked on the roof at the time of the accident, and another $49,000 for failing to provide fall-protection training for a new employee.
Online resource: Construction firms can obtain fall hazard and safeguard information at www.osha.gov/SLTC/fallprotection/construction.html.