Hurricane company faces hefty OSHA fines

July 6, 2018

HURRICANE — A Hurricane construction company faces more than $100,000 in penalties for safety violations on construction sites in Scott Depot and Culloden, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Design Roofing LLC was cited after federal inspectors received complaints about employees working without fall protection at two different construction sites.

At the construction site in Scott Depot, the company was also issued a $51,734 fine for failing to protect employees from falling, which inspectors considered a “willful” violation.

Inspectors also found employees were tearing off and installing shingles on a residential roof near weather head conductors, according to inspection reports, and that ladder side rails weren’t at least three feet above the landing surface, as they’re required to be. Both of those were categorized as serious violations and carry a $2,956 penalty each.

OSHA issued the invoice June 22, and the company has until July 19 to abate the violation.

The company was also issued a $44,342 fine due July 12 for not protecting employees from falling off a 16-foot roof on a site in Culloden, inspection reports show. The violation was categorized as “willful.”

“This employer’s disregard of required safety procedures leave employees vulnerable to hazards that can cause serious or fatal injuries,” OSHA Charleston Area Office Director Prentice Cline said in a statement.

The company did not respond to a phone call seeking comment Tuesday.

Inspectors are also looking into a complaint filed against the company June 27 from a job site in Elkview. That inspection is ongoing, a spokeswoman for OSHA said.

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