Durability + Design

Building Performance and Aesthetics

A Product of Technology Publishing
JPCL/PaintSquare | D+D | Paint BidTracker

Subscribe to D+D Magazine

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


Repeat Violations Seen in Fatal Fall

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

More items for Good Technical Practice

Comment | More

A Nebraska contractor says he will fight a $70,000 federal fine imposed in the death of one of his employees, even though he has been cited for the same violations before.

Ghaleb N. Suleiman, owner of JMA Roofing of Bennington, NE, said in an interview Tuesday (Nov. 5) that Darrell Anglen, 53, of Council Bluffs, and a co-worker had been up on a roof without Suleiman's knowledge July 17 when Anglen fell three stories to a lower roof and died.

The men had been working on an unoccupied building in Omaha's historic Old Market area downtown.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued one repeat and one other-than-serious safety violation against Suleiman in the accident and proposed a fine of $70,000.

Old Market roofer fatality
KMTV screen grab

Firefighters retrieve the body of Darrell Anglen after his fatal three-story fall in July.

The repeat violation stems from a 2010 case, in which JMA was issued five serious citations for a variety of violations, including lack of fall protection and lack of training. The company paid a total of $4,000 in fines in that case, OSHA records show.

The company was also cited in 2006 for a fall protection violation.

Lack of fall protection and lack of training are also alleged in the current case, according to OSHA documents.

Employer Protests

Neither Anglen nor a co-worker was wearing fall protection when they were replacing the roof's rubber membrane and Anglen slipped over the roof edge about 5:30 p.m. that day, Omaha police said. The membrane, ethylene propylene diene monomer, is often used for water resistance.

In a phone interview Tuesday, Suleiman said that he had provided the necessary safety equipment on the roof, but "I didn't know he was up there."

Suleiman accused Anglen and his co-worker, who did not fall, of being "under the influence" but could not say of what and offered no evidence to support the accusation. He said that the two men had stayed on the roof after the workday ended.

"I had no idea he was working that day," Suleiman said.

Old Market - Omaha
Wikimedia Commons / Bobak Ha'Eri

Darrell Anglen and a co-worker were top a building in Omaha's Old Market district when Anglen fell more than 30 feet. Their boss says he didn't know they were there.

Suleiman said he would contest the fine because it was "too high."

'Unacceptable'

As OSHA official disagreed.

"It's unacceptable that JMA Roofing failed to provide and ensure that workers used fall protection to prevent severe injuries," said Marcia Drumm, OSHA's acting regional administrator in Kansas City, MO, said in a statement.

"Falls remain the leading cause of death and injury in the construction industry. Companies must protect their workers by following safety regulations."

OSHA's fall prevention campaign provides employers and workers with information and educational materials in English and Spanish about working safely on ladders, scaffolds and roofs.

   

Tagged categories: Accidents; Fall protection; Fatalities; Health and safety; OSHA; Roofing contractors; Waterproofing membranes; Worker training

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Arroworthy
ArroWorthy's Handcrafted Professional Brushes

One Dip of paint with our handcrafted semi-oval Rembrandt brush, you'll see why ArroWorthy makes a professional brush of unrivaled quality and performance.


KTA-Tator, Inc. - Corporate Office
KTA Inspection Instruments

Eliminate Application Uncertainties:
• Moisture Content
• Ambient Conditions
• Surface Preparation
• Coating Thickness
Call 1-800-KTA-GAGE
(800-582-4243)


Dow Chemical Company
FREE Webcast on Acrylic Roof Coatings

Learn about elastomeric roof coatings. Including: How roof coatings extend the useful life of a roof, save energy, are easy install, and cost effective!


Chemique Inc.
Paint Removal Made Easy!

Remove multiple coats in one application. Easy to use and safe. All products meet or exceed V.O.C. regulations. Contain no methylene chloride, methanol or petroleum distillates.


Coatings For Industry, Inc.
For Tough Environments,
The Toughest Protection

A workplace exposed to vehicle traffic, fuel, and other harsh chemicals needs a floor coating that stands up to daily abuse. Wearcoat 100 high-build polyurethane provides superior protection.


DuPont Building Innovations
DuPont™ Tyvek® Fluid Applied WB System

The DuPont™ Tyvek® Fluid Applied System was put to the test at the new Texas A&M Liberal Arts and Humanities building Click to see the results.


 Allied Construction Technologies, Inc.
No Jackhammers Required.

AC•Tech’s OBS™ treatment rescues old oily, contaminated concrete slabs and allows new coatings or flooring to be installed with confidence. 10-year warranty.

 
 
 
Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker JPCL Europe

 
EXPLORE D+D:      Interact   |   Blogs   |   Resources   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   White Papers   |   Classifieds
GET D+D:      Subscribe   |   Advertising Media Kit
KNOW D+D:      About D+D   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
 

© Copyright 2010-2014, Technology Publishing, Co., All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com