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December 12. 2012 8:20PM

Litchfield roofing firm faces $118,000 in OSHA fines

LITCHFIELD - A Litchfield roofing contractor faces more than $118,000 in penalties for alleged workplace violations.

According to a release issued Wednesday by the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, citations were levied against High and Dry Roofing and owner Michael Cahoon of Litchfield, alleging "willful and serious safety violations" at a work site on Hooksett Street in Hampton. The roofing company faces a total of $118,500 in proposed fines for the violations.

According to the release, alleged willful violations include working without hard hats and proper fall protection, and workers failing to properly use extension ladders. Proposed penalties for the willful violations, which OSHA defines as one committed with intentional disregard for the law's requirements or indifference to worker safety, total $108,000.

"Serious violations" (defined as those where a high probability of serious physical harm or death exists) working on scaffolding without fall protection, scaffold planking that did not have an adequate cantilever in place or sufficient overlap, and an unguarded belt and pulleys on a compressor that was marked "out of service." Proposed penalties for these violations total $10,500.

The citations were issued after a site inspection by personnel from OSHA's Concord office.

Employers have 15 business days from receipt of their citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet with OSHA or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

High and Dry Roofing co-owner Theresa Jefferson said she and Cahoon plan to contest the fines.



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