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OSHA cites Fox Valley roofing contractor over fall hazards

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APPLETON, Wisconsin (WBAY) – One of Fox Valley’s largest roofers has been subpoenaed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) over fall hazards.

According to OSHA, Appleton-based Security-Luebke Roofing Inc. allowed a subcontractor to expose workers to fall risk at an Appleton construction site in October. According to the federal agency, an inspector found at least nine workers at JJ Roofing Co. not to have adequate protection. According to the inspector, representatives of Security-Lübke were at the construction site.

Security-Luebke faces a proposed $140,633 fine for violating federal fall protection requirements. According to OSHA, the contractor also failed to conduct a comprehensive site survey and ensure its subcontractor’s employees were using required fall protection.

OSHA also cited Kaukauna-based JJ Roofing Co. for failing to train workers on the safe use of fall protection equipment. The subcontractor was subpoenaed for the same violations in 2018 and 2020. OSHA proposed penalties of $28,126.

Companies can appeal the findings.

OSHA says this happened “only two months later [Security-Luebke] Talked to the US Department of Labor about the importance of safe work practices.”

“Despite their assurances that they would comply with federal regulations, Security-Luebke and JJ Roofing have continually compromised the safety and welfare of their employees,” OSHA Division Chief Robert Bonack wrote in a statement. “General contractors like Security-Luebke must ensure that their employees and the employees of their subcontractors are protected from hazards on the construction site.”

The agency states that Security-Lübke has been in business since 1934 and employs 120 people. JJ Roofing was established in 2012; the number of employees was not specified.

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