Roofing Contractor Fined for Failing to Protect Workers

WorkSafeBC Sticker: Hard Hat Area. Image Credit: Workers' Compensation Board.

Roofing contractor Sheriff-Goslin Co. of Mansfield, Ohio, is facing penalties up to $86,500 for safety violations.  The U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) alleges that the company failed to provide fall protection for employees working on a roofing project.

After a series of investigations and complaints, it was concluded that Sheriff-Goslin Co. has a history of violating safety standards, having been penalized for lack of head protection in June 2009, lack of fall protection for workers in June 2009, as well as violations in July, August and September 2010.

The company has 15 business days upon receiving its penalties to comply.  The Occupational Safety and Health Act states that employers must provide safe working environments for employees.

Failing to provide fall protection for workers is a very serious violation.  Here in Ontario, falls represent the Number 1 on-the-job cause of death in the construction industry.  There are strict safety guidelines in both Canada and the U.S. that help lessen the risk, including, guardrails, hardhats, harnesses and clearly-marked signs.  A few simple precautions can dramatically lessen the risk of workplace injury.

It is disheartening to know that workers continue to be exploited and subject to sub-par working environments.  At Norsteel, we pride ourselves on providing employees with a healthy, safe, and welcoming work environment.  Treating employees with the respect they deserve while helping to foster career growth is a practice we are proud to uphold.  A happy workforce enables us to produce quality products, while enjoying a low employee turnover rate.

It boggles the mind that more companies don’t follow the “treat others as you would like to be treated” mantra.  Cutting corners, especially when worker safety is concerned, is never a good idea.  It’s also against the law.

If you suspect a contractor company is violating worker safety laws, contact the OHSA (U.S. only).  In Canada, contact the Worker Safety and Inspection Board.

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