A 49-year-old senior project manager for a roofing contractor was indicted on April 19 on three charges that he made false, fictitious and fraudulent statements to federal OSHA investigators. The Department of Justice accuses Peter Nees of lying to OSHA investigators during the inspection that resulted from a fatality at a Jacksonville, Florida, roofing project. Nees faces three counts of violating 18 U.S.C. § 1001, which concerns false statements and concealment, and a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison, if convicted on all counts.
The underlying inspection arose when roofer John W. Miles III fell through a skylight at a Jacksonville warehouse. Mr. Miles was admitted to an area hospital and later died as a result of his injuries. OSHA’s inspectors responded to the scene to investigate, and ultimately cited Miles’ employer, Pinnacle Roofing Contractors Inc., for failing to install protective cages over the skylights. OSHA issued two willful citations and proposed penalties totaling $154,000. Continue Reading