Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that they had issued 10 citations to Barringer Brothers Roofing, an Illinois contractor that the agency notes has willfully disregarded worker safety laws for years. As a result of these latest citations, the company faces $89,100 in new penalties. The firm is owned by Robert Barringer III.
The latest inspection was commenced on May 18, 2016, after OSHA inspectors observed a number of roofers at a home under construction in Belleville, Ill. who were working at a height of 13 feet without adequate fall protection. What makes this one remarkable is that it’s the 19th time since 2006 that OSHA has cited Barringer Brothers for its failure to mitigate the risk of potentially debilitating or fatal falls. In addition, the agency reports that Barringer is currently in default of $267,900 in previous OSHA penalties. The contractor was placed in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program back in April of this year.
OSHA is currently attempting to collect all previous penalties. They have cited Robert Barringer III previously under several operating names, including Barringer Brothers Roofing, Barringer Brothers Inc., and Barringer Brothers Construction Inc.
In addition to the lack of fall protection, during this latest inspection, which occurred in May 2016, OSHA said it found workers using nail guns without eye protection, they found no fire extinguishers and there was no accident prevention program in place at the site, which is something the contractor was cited for back in 2013. In their report, OSHA noted that “Robert Barringer has shown a callous disregard for the safety of his employees and utter indifference to the law” and they promised to “use every option available to us to hold him accountable for his shameless behavior.”