A worker fell to his death while replacing a rooftop rubber membrane on a facility. Police said the worker fell approximately 30 feet to the top of an adjacent structure. It was also reported that the worker was not wearing a safety harness at the time of his fall.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration have assessed penalties on JMA Roofing, the employer of this worker, in the amount of $70,000. The acting regional administrator of OSHA in Kansas City, MO was critical of the roofing company’s inaction. “It’s unacceptable that JMA Roofing failed to provide and ensure that worker’s used fall protection to prevent severe injuries.”
She went onto emphasize the dangers that construction workers face when it comes to heights. “Falls remain the leading cause of death and injury in the construction industry. Companies must protect their workers by following safety regulations.”
Unfortunately, companies do not always learn from past mistakes. JMA Roofing had apparently been cited for a similar violation back in 2010. However, one JMA official announced that he intends to fight the penalties assessed concerning this worker’s death. He blames the accident on the fault of the worker.
Work-related accidents can sometimes be complex and there can be a variety of legal options. It is a good idea for victims of work-related accidents to visit an experienced attorney who understands workers’ compensation, personal injury and even products liability law. It’s also good to consult with a lawyer who understands the causes of construction type accidents.
Source: Claims Journal, “Nebraska Roofing Company Cited in Worker’s Fatal Fall,” Nov. 6, 2013