Two Florida construction companies were fined a total of $126,169 in penalties after a worker fell 84 feet to his death while performing tasks on a hotel roof in Panama City. According to EHS Today, CMR Construction & Roofing LLC of Panama City, FL, and Modern Construction Experts LLC of Stuart, FL were fined after it was discovered that the companies failed to provide workers with the proper fall protection systems. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) learned of the violations after an investigation was conducted at the construction work site where the worker died.
Michelle Gonzalez, who works as OSHA’s Jacksonville Area Director, issued this comment after the incident, “Workplace safety standards exist to ensure that workers return to their families at the end of each day free from harm. Disregarding legal obligations to identify and eliminate hazards can cause tragedies.” The news source says that the companies have 15 days from the day they received their citations to either comply, request a conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings from the investigation.
What are Some of OSHA’s Fall Protection Requirements?
Employers are required to abide by the set of standards OSHA has laid out for them to ensure workers are safe while working in areas that could pose as a threat to their health and safety. When an employer fails to follow the standards outlined for them, they put workers at risk of falling ill, getting injured, or dying. If your employer failed to follow OSHA’s safety standards which resulted in you suffering an injury, you should consider speaking with a Miami, FL work injury lawyer.
One of the standards employers are required to follow is explained in Subpart M of OSHA’s Fall Protection in Construction guide. Subpart M applies when workers are required to work from heights of six feet or more above a lower level. The provisions outlined in Subpart M “covers protection from falling objects, falls from tripping over or falling through holes, and protection when walking and working around dangerous equipment without regard to height.” Not only are employers required to follow the provisions outlined in Subpart M when they apply, but they are also expected to:
- “Assess the workplace to determine if walking or working surfaces have the necessary strength and structural integrity to safely support the workers” before work begins.
- Once an employer confirms the surfaces “will safely support the work activity, the employer must determine whether fall protection is required, which are listed in 29 CFR 1926.501.”
- If fall protection is required, the employer must provide workers with the necessary fall protection systems that comply with the criteria outlined in 29 CFR 1926.502.
Anyone who was involved in a workplace accident in Miami, FL that was caused by a lack of safety equipment or an employer’s oversight should contact Mario Trespalacios P.A. to speak with a Miami, FL work injury attorney. If there are benefits you are entitled to, the lawyers at Mario Trespalacios P.A. will be able to explain to you what these are and how they can help you obtain them.
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