OSHA cites Butler Co. company in worker's death

Posted at 1:14 PM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-24 13:18:12-05

CINCINNATI – A Butler County-based company faces nearly $117,000 in fines after they failed to provide protection for a roofer who fell 40 feet and died, according to the Occupational Safety and Healthy Administration.

OSHA’s investigation into the 53-year-old roofer’s death last August resulted in one willful, 11 serious and three other-than-serious citations against R&B Contractors LLC of Shandon, Ohio.

The worker was installing a new commercial roof in Cincinnati when he fell. There were no guardrails, safety nets or personal fall prevention devices in place at the time, according to OSHA officials.

“Falls are a leading cause of death for construction workers and can be prevented with proper fall protection,” Ken Montgomery, OSHA’s area director in Cincinnati said. “Yet another worker has died needlessly because his employer failed to protect his safety. This has to stop.”

OSHA found that R&B failed to train workers about fall hazards, develop a safety and health program, designate a safety monitor, train powered industrial vehicle operators and record injuries and illnesses, officials said.