OSHA Fines New Hampshire Employers Over Winter Snow Removal Hazards

May 18, 2015

Many parts of the state saw record or near-record snowfall totals during the early months of 2015.
Credit Sean Hurley / NHPR

Federal officials say they issued a higher number of citations and fines than usual to New Hampshire employers for exposing workers to fall hazards this winter.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted inspections between January 29 and March 4 and found a number of employees removing snow from rooftops who were not adequately protected from the risk of falling.

Rosemarie Ohar Cole is area director of OSHA’s New Hampshire office. “We issued a significant number of citations related to those activities – 41 serious citations, three willful citations, and two repeat citations,” Ohar Cole said. In all OSHA cited 16 New Hampshire employers and issued $123,960 in fines.

Officials issued the inspection findings as part of the National Safety Stand Down, an annual effort to raise awareness about fall hazards in the workplace.