OSHA fines Salina roofing company for fall

SALINA, Kansas (AP) — A Salina roofing company faces a proposed federal fine of $115,000 because an employee was left paralyzed after falling from a roof.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration also cited Ryan Roofing Inc. with three willful safety violations after the worker suffered a broken neck and was paralyzed when he fell from the roof of a Hoisington building in 2012. OSHA says in a release Friday that the company didn’t evaluate working conditions or provide workers with fall protection to prevent severe injuries.

OSHA also says the company has been cited previously for lack of fall protection and training and is now in the federal agency’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which requires follow-up inspections.

Ryan Roofing can contest the findings. The company didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment Friday.

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