I just got a notification from OSHA that when we did our last roof replacement, they didn't like that my ladder was only 2 feet above the roofline, not the required 3 feet. They also did not like my climbing rope safety line; they wanted a different harness, even though we were all tied off and anchored. They somehow thought that we do not have a safety program, even though my crew had reviewed the safety aspects of the job at my office, watched a video on roof safety, discussed how to do the job carefully and safely, and separated the work area with safety tape. Except for the OSHA fine, the job went very well - and safely. I've been licensed since 1974 and the only injury claim I've ever filed was a cut on the back of a thumb. Yet the fine for my reckless behavior is $7,200.

Every time an inspector comes on a job site, I can assure you he can and will find some violation. I have taken the lead course and had my firm listed. But there is no way that a company is going to be able to fill out all the required paperwork, in the proper fashion, according to the required schedule, complete with all forms, reports, and...

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