In other national news:

The owner of a Philadelphia roofing company faces up to 25 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines after an employee fell 45 feet to his death. According to court documents, on June 21, 2013, a three person roofing crew employed by James J. McCullagh Roofing Inc. was working on the roof of the Old Zion Lutheran Church in Philadelphia with no fall protection when one of the employees fell from a roof bracket scaffold and died. A federal grand jury has indicted the owner of James J. McCullagh Roofing Inc. on six criminal counts: four for making false statements, one for obstruction of justice, and one for willful violation of an OSHA regulation. The steep penalties and possibility of prison time relate directly to the employer’s deception and attempted manipulation of the other employees on the roof that day. The employer told an OSHA inspector that he had provided his employees with fall protection and that the last time he had checked, his employees were wearing safety harnesses tied off to an anchor point. He then directed two of his employees to tell similar lies in an attempt to cover up the negligent death.

Read more from Safety News Alert here. Read the indictment here.

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