According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a Syracuse-area roofing contractor now faces $96,000 in fines for repeated violations of federal safety standards.
When OSHA inspectors went to The Roofing Guys Inc., they reported employees working on a pitched residential roof without safety harnesses. Inspectors said the lack of fall protection put employees at risk for falls of up to 20 feet.
In addition, they reported finding that the company allowed roof access with a ladder that didn’t reach at least three feet above roof level, another safety violation.
Company owner Michael Flynn recently issued a statement that denied all of OSHA’s allegations.
“We comply to safety standards, which is the reason why we have not had a workplace injury since the start of our company ten years ago,” Flynn said.
OSHA reported that it had cited the company in 2011, 2014, and 2015 for violations similar in nature to the ones recently discovered.
Of the 4,585 workplace fatalities that occurred in 2013, 20.2% were construction-related accidents, most of which occurred because of failure to comply with safety standards.
Fortunately, the construction industry has a lot of standards.
However, safety sometimes isn’t the issue for those who are opposed to a construction project.
Construction on the University Place promenade at Syracuse University is under scrutiny once again for its cost to the college.
Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud said that overall, the project has cost $6 million.
Syverud broke down the costs for the first time recently at a University Senate meeting.
The first $2 million went towards a “very necessary” construction project on the water and sewer mains running under University Place. The remaining $4 million was put into leveling the ground and paving the road.
The promenade has been protested by both university students and faculty members, but Syverud has defended it, calling it “a good investment” in the school.
Luckily for Syverud, protests and negative feedback are the only things he needs to worry about.
On the other hand, OSHA has placed Flynn’s company, The Roofing Guys Inc., in the agency’s Severe Violators Enforcement Program.
The company has 15 days to pay the $96,000 fine, request a conference, or contest the allegations.