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Woodland Park company faces almost $20,000 fine over man’s fatal fall from Paterson roof

By Jayed Rahman
Published: May 14, 2019

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A Woodland Park-based roofing company has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for allegedly exposing employees to falls and other safety hazards at a Paterson construction site.

Eastern Contractors LLC faces $19,890 in penalties, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Investigation that led to the citation against the company last week stemmed from an Oct. 30, 2018 incident on Michigan Avenue.

56-year-old Joseph Perillo fell to his death from a roof. He was working on the roof and fell off the building into an empty dumpster, said authorities at the time. He was found badly injured outside of 138 Michigan Avenue and later died at the hospital.

Perillo fell during roofing removal and replacement work, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Labor inspectors determined Eastern Contractors exposed employees to fall hazards. It failed to cover roof openings, provide a fall protection system, train workers on safety hazards present at the worksite, according to the federal agency.

Eastern Contractors has 15 business days to contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Email: jay@patersontimes.com


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