A New Jersey roofer fell to his death last August. His employer has been fined a little over $43,000.
A New Jersey roofer fell to his death last August. His employer has been fined a little over $43,000.

The death occurred last August in Parsippany, New Jersey. Investigators said the worker was using a manually operated hoist on the roof to lower his tool bags to the ground. The hoist tipped over and fell from the roof. As it went, the hoist's boom hit the worker and knocked him over the edge. He fell some 25 feet and landed on pavement. He died six days later. The company has been cited by OSHA a total of 10 times for similar safety violations since 2000, including one as recently as 2011. An OSHA official said the hoist manufacturer explicitly warns never to use roofing materials as a counterweight--exactly what S&S Roofing had been doing regularly. "Workers should not have to risk their lives needlessly for the sake of a paycheck," said Kris Hoffman, director of OSHA's Parsippany Area Office.

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