U.S. Department of Labor Cites Illinois Roofing Contractor For Exposing Workers to Falls, Proposes $281,286 in Penalties

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Manuel Gallardo, owner of Gallardo’s Construction Services, after inspectors observed employees exposed to fall hazards on six Chicago-area residential roofing projects between August and November 2017. The company faces $281,286 in proposed penalties.

Manuel Gallardo, whose business is based in Palatine, was cited for four willful and three repeated violations for failing to: install fall protection systems; ensure the use of protective devices; and train workers in fall protection hazards. OSHA also cited Gallardo for nine serious violations for allowing employees to use nail guns without eye protection, and failing to conduct jobsite inspections.

“Employers are required to provide safe workplaces for their employees,” said Kathy Webb, OSHA’s Chicago South Area Office Director. “This employer’s continual disregard of fall protection requirements is exposing employees to potentially serious injuries.”

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

This article was first published by OHSA.

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