A construction company faces $789,000 in fines and its owner could spend up to six months in jail following a worker fatality.
On Aug. 15, 2009, 29-year-old Carl Beck fell 42 feet from a roof in Washington, PA, while laying shingles and died.
Beck worked for C.A. Franc Construction. OSHA issued the company $539,000 in fines. Company owner, Christopher Franc, also faces $250,000 and six months in prison in connection with his guilty plea to criminal charges of violating safety rules.
OSHA found the company had failed to provide any fall protection to its employees working on a pitched roof 40 feet above the ground. The agency issued 10 per-instance willful citations, one for each employee working on the roof without fall protection. An 11th citation says Frank failed to train a new employee.
The company has 15 days to respond to the OSHA citations. Christopher Franc will be sentenced June 18.