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Feds cite Belleville contractor for workplace safety violations

A Belleville contractor who already owes $267,900 in fines for federal workplace safety violations could see that total balloon by more than $100,000 after he was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration last month for putting roofers in danger of falling on the job.

According to an OSHA statement, Robert Barringer III and the companies he controls were issued a total of 12 workplace safety violations on March 25.

OSHA investigators “observed employees installing residential roofing shingles at work sites without fall protection, such as guardrails, safety nets or personal fall prevention devices” at work sites in Madison County in 2015 and 2016, the agency said in the statement. The work sites were located at:

▪  Lot 79, Bordeaux Drive in Edwardsville on Oct. 7, 2015

▪  the 600 block of Briarstone Drive in Glen Carbon on Oct. 13, 2015

▪  the 2100 block of Tuscany Ridge Court in Maryville on Jan. 6, 2016

The new citations come with a proposed total of $103,840 in fines. That would bring the total amount Barringer owes in fines to $371,740.

“Robert Barringer III and his companies continue to ignore the dangers and allow their employees to risk debilitating injuries and death by violating OSHA standards and federal law,” said Aaron Priddy, OSHA’s area director in Fairview Heights. “OSHA will continue to monitor Barringer for compliance, and take whatever actions we can to keep workers safely out of life-threatening working conditions.”

According to the OSHA statement, “Inspectors also noted employees using nail guns without eye protection, damaged electrical cords and the absence of a competent person to provide regular job site inspections to monitor for safety hazards.”

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Tobias Wall: 618-239-2501, @Wall_BND

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