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Chelmsford Roofing Contractor Cited for Serious Safety Violations

An OSHA news release from Friday says that Centimark Corp., a Chelmsford roofing contractor, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for serious alleged safety violations. The contractor is looking at the possibility of $40,000 in fines after an employee was injured when he fell from a 10-foot roof at a New Hampshire work site.

OSHA inspected the site and found that workers were not adequately protected from falls and that no competent person had conducted an inspection to identify or fix the fall hazards. A warning line system was being used, but the pitch of the roof was so steep that it required something more effective like a personal fall arrest system, according to the news release. An OSHA area director said that a competent inspection would have uncovered the need for a better system and prevented the hazard.

OSHA issued a repeat citation for $35,000 for inadequate fall protection and a $5,000 serious citation for the failure to conduct an adequate inspection. The repeat citation arises from similar violations from 2009 and 2010 in Illinois, Texas, and Pennsylvania. Centimark has 15 business days from the receiving the citation to contest it.

Source: OSHA Regional News Release, Chelmsford, Mass., roofing contractor faces $40,000 in fines from US Labor Department’s OSHA following worker fall at Milford, NH, jobsite

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