Investigators said a gust of wind caught a piece of plywood the worker was carrying, pitching him off the roof in a 14-foot fall and impaling his upper thigh and buttocks on a metal fence post. The injuries were considered serious. It was the 18-year-old's first day at work.
Fast Carpentry Services also was cited for one willfull and one repeated safety violation in the wake of the accident. The citations were for failing to provide adequate fall protection and training, which OSHA said qualifies the contractor for its Severe Violator Enforcement Program. The program allows increased monitoring of companies believed to be particularly unsafe in their work practices.
OSHA has made a major push to improve compliance with fall protection requirements and reduce workplace accidents. A new penalty and fine structure went into effect in August, and OSHA organizes an annual National Safety Standown to encourage contractors to improve safety compliance.