The U.S. Department of Justice has sentenced an Alabama roofing contractor in connection with false statements made to OSHA inspectors after a March 2013 accident which seriously injured three workers. According to OSHA, the contractor told an inspector that he had been present on the job site on the day of the accident and that he had obtained personal fall arrest equipment to protect workers from falls on March 13, 2013, when actually he retained the equipment on March 18, 2013, after the incident occurred. He also claimed that employees had been tied off when he knew, in fact, they were not.
The accident itself occurred as a five man crew was working on a roofing project during a thunderstorm. One worker was thrown against the edge of a new metal roof and suffered a left arm amputation; a second worker was thrown across the roof and suffered an injured shoulder. A third worker became wrapped in a sheet of metal, managed to escape, but was carried by the momentum over the roof’s edge and fell 30 feet to the ground. The worker broke his wrists, ribs, tailbone and pelvis. None of the workers had been provided with fall protection equipment, none of them were tied-off to the roof at the time of the accident or had a means to exit the roof quickly. The contractor responsible was sentenced to three years supervised probation and 30 hours of community service.
Read further details from OSHA here.