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OSHA cites Rochester roofing contractor

Posted at: 01/14/2013 1:35 PM

OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has cited A.M. Stern Inc. for what it calls serious violations of workplace safety standards while workers installed a roof on a building in Fairport.

OSHA officials say the contractor is facing $159,250 in fines, mainly for fall hazards identified during an OSHA inspection that began in July 2012.

“Unfortunately, our inspectors all too often encounter job sites where fall protection is inadequate or absent, exposing workers to the number one killer in construction work,” said Arthur Dube, OSHA’s Buffalo area director. “It’s imperative that employers in western New York and elsewhere provide effective fall protection for their employees and ensure that their workers are trained to recognize and address fall hazards.”

A.M. Stern Inc. has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet informally with the OSHA area director or contest the findings.