Wisconsin Contractor Faces Big OSHA Fines

November 24th, 2015 by Trey Barrineau

Affordable Exteriors LLC, a Wisconsin roofing contractor that also installs doors and replacement windows, is facing $112,000 in proposed fines after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says the company put employees at risk by letting them work without fall protection equipment. It’s the fourth time in three years that Affordable Exteriors has been cited by state and federal agencies, according to OSHA.

In April 2015, OSHA says its inspectors observed seven Affordable Exteriors LLC employees working at heights of up to 25 feet at a residential site without fall protection equipment. OSHA issued the company two willful, one repeated and three serious safety citations, which it received on November 20.

In 2014, OSHA and Minnesota OSHA cited Affordable Exteriors for failing to provide fall protection at residential sites in that state. The company was also cited in 2013 for violations in Duluth, Minn. The business has not responded to OSHA and Minnesota OSHA to resolve the citations and penalties.

“Many people have told Affordable Exteriors to use fall protection — OSHA, Minnesota OSHA and the job-site contractor. The company ignored them all,” said Robert Bonack, OSHA’s area director in Appleton, Wisc. “That’s a reckless disregard for safety. Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction injury. Three Wisconsin workers died last year from job-site falls.”

DWM reached out to Affordable Exteriors for comment, but no one answered a call to the phone number listed on the company’s Angie’s List page, which says Affordable Exteriors seeks to provide “the upmost quality and customer satisfaction to the best of our abilities and meet all OSHA standards.”

Additionally, an e-mail sent to an address for Affordable Exteriors on the Better Business Bureau’s website was returned.

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.

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