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Roofing company faces $199,000 fine after 6 fall hazard violations in 5 years

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Melbourne roofing contractor Turnkey Construction Planners has $199,184 in potential OSHA fines hanging over it after being busted twice over the summer for failing to protect workers from falls.

President Chad Gressani’s company now has been cited six times since February 2014 for inadequate fall protection, which is why there’s a hefty six-figure proposed fine looming for just two violations. Both violations were classified as repeat offenses.

The Department of Labor said the inspection was part of OSHA’s Regional Emphasis on Falls in Construction. A stream of roofers have been fined under such inspections by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, but Turnkey’s is one of the larger proposed fines.

“Repeatedly exposing employees to fall hazards that can lead to serious injuries or fatalities is inexcusable,” said OSHA Fort Lauderdale Office Director Condell Eastmond said in a released statement. “Employers have an obligation to identify and eliminate known hazards that place their employees in harm’s way.”

Turnkey was fined $2,500, which was settled to $1,512 in early 2014 for one serious violation under duty to have fall protection. In August 2016, a repeat violation of that regulation accounted for $3,200 of a total $4,800 fine after an inspection.

Though Turnkey was cited again in June 2017, it wasn’t classified as a repeat violation, but did draw a $27,885 proposed fine that was settled for half, $13,943. And, among the $35,491 in fines from four November 2017 violations was $25,351 for fall protection fails.

Those fines have been referred to debt collection, according to OSHA.

Despite now being in debt to the government over inadequate fall protection, on June 21, OSHA found Turnkey workers installing shingles on a house 4625 Obelisk St. in Port St. Lucie without fall protection. And, just 18 days later, OSHA found the same thing at 110 SW Milburn Circle in Port St. Lucie.

Turnkey has 15 business days to pay the fines, request a conference with the area director or contest the findings before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Since 1989, David J. Neal’s domain at the Miami Herald has expanded to include writing about Panthers (NHL and FIU), Dolphins, old school animation, food safety, fraud, naughty lawyers, bad doctors and all manner of breaking news. He drinks coladas whole. He does not work Indianapolis 500 Race Day.

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