A video of a 14- year-old young boy’s horrific fall from a roofing this past winter season was shared by local police on Friday.
The fall occurred in the town of Berea, Ohio, on December 17, and the Occupational Security and Health Administration (OSHA), a Department of Labor agency, launched a statement bring into question the security preventative measures or absence thereof on the site.
” Immediately following this major incident, the business’s owner and three other employees placed on individual fall arrest equipment to complete the roofing work in an obvious attempt to hide the fact that fall defense was not in use at the time of the injury. The equipment had actually remained in the employer’s job trailer onsite when the young boy fell,” according to the Department of Labor.
Video of the event is seen listed below.
The Berea Police Department, which launched the video, stated the boy was important after falling from the townhouse. Inspectors apparently discovered the owner of the company, Double M Roofing and Construction and three of his workers tried to cover up the nature of the security devices after watching security camera video footage from a neighboring house.
OSHA cited the professional for 6 separate infractions. The issued citations are for 2 willful, 3 serious, and one other-than-serious offenses of OSHA’s security requirements.
Among the citations involves the capacity to which the teenager, whose name was kept due to him being a small, was being utilized at the task. Utilized by the company, the Department of Labor reported he was too young to be doing construction work at heights or working on a ladder.
Following the kid’s fall, company owner Melvin Schmucker and three employees were allegedly observed placing on individual fall protection devices in what private investigators state was an apparent effort to cover that the security wasn’t utilized. The Department of Labor’s news release reported the equipment was in the company’s trailer throughout the time of the mishap.
2 weeks after this incident, OSHA also apparently found Schmucker and 4 of his employees were setting up roofing products at more than 22 feet from the ground, again without fall protection equipment being used.
The company has been fined $73,533 in penalties. It has 15 days to comply with the citation, request an informal conference with the area director of OSHA or object to the findings with the independent Occupational Security Health and Review Commission.
Newsweek gotten in touch with Double M Roof and Building and construction for remark but has not heard back since press time.