Here at Construction Law Musings, I’ve discussed the need to keep up with your safety program and stay out of the cross-hairs of the state and federal safety inspectors.
The Virginia Court of Appeals gave a stark reminder of this fact in the case of Atlantic Environmental Construction Co. v. Malveaux, Comm’r. In this case, Atlantic Environmental had some roofers under their supervision working around a skylight at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA. Unfortunately, these roofers were not using proper guardrails or fall arrest system and the skylights was not covered when the inspector decided to visit the job site. Needless to say, the VOSHA inspector cited Atlantic Environmental for a “Serious” violation.