Ohio contractor issued sixth fall hazard citation since 2018

A Hartsville, Ohio-based contractor has been cited for the sixth time since 2018 for exposing workers to fatal fall hazards at two separate Ohio job sites.

In a recent investigation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration determined that ILS Construction and its owner Ivan Lowky failed to provide fall protection equipment to workers and did not train them to its use. OSHA proposed fines totaling $237,013 following inspections in October and December 2021.

On December 2, 2021, OSHA inspectors observed roofers employed by ILS Construction working on a residential home. The agency issued three willful, two repeat, and two serious violations for failing to provide fall protection and training, failing to ensure workers use hard hats and safety glasses, and failing to not have provided an extended ladder at least three feet above the landing surface.

At the time of the December inspection, OSHA was already investigating the company after observing employees working at heights greater than 10 feet in a commercial building in Parma on Oct. 27. OSHA cited the employer for a lack of fall protection and training and for not providing a ladder or other means of exiting elevated surfaces safely.

OSHA previously cited Mr. Lowky and ILS Construction for similar perils in 2018, 2019 and 2020 with OSHA penalties that have not been paid.

Kevin A. Perras