OSHA: Martinsburg company put roof workers at risk

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A Martinsburg construction company doing work in Morgantown is hit with safety violations.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported finding fall hazards during a September 2014 inspection at a Suncrest Village location.

Contractor K&F Construction, Inc. is facing more than $109,000 in fines.

OSHA, operating through the US Department of Labor, reports that the contractor violated three safety measures last fall.

K&F Construction is accused of inappropriately using a forklift to stabilize a platform, at least 25 feet off the ground, workers used while construction a wall.

OSHA also found the company failed to provide fall prevention measures for workers doing roof work about 35 feet off the ground. Workers were also allegedly not wearing safety glasses while using nail guns.

Crews were working on three story townhomes in Monongalia County.

It’s not the first time the company has been cited.

“In 2006, OSHA cited K& F Construction for the same violations found in this most recent inspection. This company is well aware of the necessary safeguards needed to prevent fall-related and other injuries or deaths,” said Prentice Cline, director of OSHA’s Charleston Area Office. “With falls the leading cause of death in the construction industry, it is critical that this employer immediately address the cited violations to ensure a safe and healthful workplace.”

The company can contest the findings.

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