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Roofer Fined $154K in Electrocution

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

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A Florida commercial and residential roofing contractor is facing four federal safety violations and $154,000 in penalties in the electrocution of a worker last year, according to authorities.

Tim Graboski Roofing Inc. of Delray Beach, FL, was hit with two willful and two serious violations for exposing workers to falls and electrocution hazards at two different jobsites, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Tim Graboski

OSHA records show Tim Graboski Roofing has been cited for multiple safety citations, including repeat violations for fall hazards.

"Tim Graboski Roofing has repeatedly failed to address the fall hazards associated with roofing work," said Condell Eastmond, OSHA's area director in Fort Lauderdale. "The company needs to correct the pattern of exposing workers to falls and other workplace hazards immediately, which resulted in this tragic loss of life."

The company did not immediately respond Friday (Jan. 3) to a request for comment. However, an OSHA spokesman said Tim Graboski Roofing had contested the citations and scheduled an informal conference.

Electrocution at Residential Site

The case involved the death of 21-year-old Anthony Nunez of Boca Raton, who was attempting to reposition a metal extension ladder when it made contact with overhead electrical power lines on June 27, 2013, at a residential job site in Boca Raton, OSHA said. The two-story home was being re-roofed.

The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to local reports.


Overhead power lines carry tens of thousands of volts and are not insulated, making it hazardous for employees who work around them, OSHA says.

A second inspection occurred on July 23, when OSHA authorities passed by a residential work site in Cooper City and observed workers exposed to fall hazards.

The agency imposed two serious violations relating to the fatality. The contractor is accused of directing a worker to use a metal extension ladder to access a rooftop near high-voltage power lines that were not deenergized, grounded or guarded.

The employer allowed the Nunez to use the ladder lacking nonconductive side rails near the lines, according to OSHA.

Both serious violations carried a $7,000 fine. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

2 Willful Citations

The willful citation on June 27 involved exposing workers to fall hazards of about 30 feet by not ensuring use of a fall-protection system. The alleged violation carries a fine of $70,000.

Personal Fall Protection

Personal fall protection systems protect workers from fatal falls.

The willful citation on July 23 involved workers engaged in residential construction up to 19 feet above ground without guardrail systems, a safety net system, a personal fall arrest system, or any alternative fall protection measure. The agency also imposed a $70,000 penalty for that citation.

A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

Previous Record

A review of OSHA records for 2013 found the company was fined $6,300 for a serious violation related to fall protection and a $9,000 violation for a repeat offense also related to fall protection in January. That case remains open, according to OSHA.

In April 2013, Tim Graboski Roofing was also fined $2,100 for serious and $7,000 for repeat hazards related to fall protection. Those penalties were lowered to $1,960 and $3,500, respectively, through informal conferences.


Tagged categories: Accidents; Citations; Enforcement; Fatalities; Health and safety; OSHA; Roofing contractors; Safety equipment

Comment from john lienert, (1/7/2014, 10:03 AM)

he should be charged with manslaughter.........but he'll pay off the powers that be

Comment from Rough Designs, (1/7/2014, 8:28 PM)

“informally” negotiated fines down to a total of $154,000. Racked up $154,000 in fines in a year, yet still allowed to do business. Just saw a reality TV show where the coast guard closed down ship because it only had one fire extinguisher. Why don't building / safety inspectors have such powers?

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