Under federal law, an employer is obligated to provide their workers with an environment free of known health and safety hazards. For those in dangerous professions — like construction workers – employers that don’t comply with regulations set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) put them at even greater risk of suffering a serious or even fatal accident on the job.
Such was the case with local building company Mega Construction of Robertsdale, AL, who were subcontracted through DR Horton to build out the roofing frames for homes making up a new subdivision off Hwy 181 in Baldwin County. In September of 2013, men were working on the roof when a strong gust of wind lifted a stack of unbraced, 4’ x 8’ plywood roofing panels off the joists. They fell over, domino style, and the worker standing on the end of the roof was knocked off, landed on his head and died. He wasn’t wearing any safety equipment.