Roofing Contractor Hit with $1.8 Million OSHA Penalty for Fatal Fall

The contractor has also been indicted for workplace manslaughter

EHS Daily Advisor

By Guy Burdick

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is seeking nearly $1.8 million in penalties from a Maine roofing contractor following a worker’s fatal fall. The agency cited Shawn D. Purvis, owner of Purvis Home Improvement Co., Inc., for 17 egregious willful, repeat, and serious workplace safety violations.

A Portland, Maine, grand jury also has indicted Purvis for workplace manslaughter.

On December 13, 2018, a worker at Purvis’s Portland worksite was in the process of climbing off a roof onto a ladder jack scaffold when he lost his footing on the roof and fell. Injuries sustained in the fall led to his death. The worker was not wearing any personal fall arrest system.