A 14-year-old boy, working for Double M Roofing & Construction LLC in Ohio, suffered critical injuries when he fell 20 feet from the roof of a townhome to the ground on Dec. 17, 2020. The boy was not wearing fall protection as required by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) when working at heights greater than six feet.
According to OSHA, the owner and three other workers put on personal fall arrest equipment as they completed work on the roof immediately after the boy's fall to try to conceal the fact that fall protection was not being used when the injury occurred.
However, a nearby security camera showed that the boy and three other workers were not using fall protection equipment at the time of the accident. The equipment was in the employer's job trailer at the worksite.
OSHA inspectors also observed the owner and four employees working on a residential roof that was 22 feet above the ground without using required fall protection equipment 16 days after the incident.
OSHA inspected both job sites and determined that the employer "allowed employees to work without fall and facial protection, failed to train employees about fall hazards, and did not report the injury to OSHA, as required."
OSHA issued the roofing and construction company citations for two willful, three serious, and one other-than-serious violations of OSHA's safety standards. The administration proposed penalties of $73,533. "OSHA cites West Farmington contractor after 14-year-old installing roofing materials suffers critical injuries in fall" osha.gov (Feb. 26, 2021).