TUMWATER, WA – Four Washington roofing companies face fines exceeding half a million dollars for allowing workers to cover roofs without fall protection and other security breaches. In each case, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) cited the companies for several deliberate serious violations.
“Not only have these companies knowingly put their employees at risk, they’ve also been caught breaking the same rules,” said Craig Blackwood, L & I’s associate director of occupational health and safety.
“Several of the inspections were conducted over a weekend that the company might think they could get away with,” Blackwood said. “Employee safety is an obligation around the clock. We not only check compliance from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. “
The biggest offender was America 1st Roofing in Bonney Lake, WA. L&I quoted the company on August 5, 2021 for seven safety violations, including three deliberate violations for workers who do not use fall protection, do not wear eye protection while using a nail gun, and do not have a fall protection plan for the respective construction site.
The company was also cited for not reporting an incident in March 2021 when a roofer fell 5 meters from a two-story roof in Olympia and was hospitalized for his injuries.
America 1st has 21 confirmed crash hazard allegations totaling more than $ 650,000 since 1998, 14 of which were repeated serious violations. The company is still making payments for many of the past fines.
“The requirements are clear. If they are quoted so many times, it means they are deliberately ignoring the rules to save time and make money, ”Blackwood said. “Falls are the number one cause of death in the construction industry. A large number of such violations over a long period of time can only mean one thing – America’s 1st is not concerned about the health and safety of its workers. “
The companies cited for fall protection violations in the past three months are:
- America 1st Roofing (Bonney Lake) – Fine of $ 168,039. The company has until October 25 to appeal the quote.
- Home construction (Steilacoom) – US $ 131,400 fine on September 8 for lack of fall protection, eye protection, improper use of a ladder, and other safety violations. The company is part of the Severe Violator Enforcement Program. The company has appealed.
- Royal Roofing Inc. (Wenatchee) – fined $ 108,000 for lack of fall protection in July 2021. A second inspection at Moses Lake in July with no fall protection resulted in a $ 27,000 fine. The company did not appeal. Royal Roofing was charged with nine similar violations from 2013 to 2018. The Appellate Body upheld a $ 10,500 fine in January 2020 for fall protection. A fall protection device dated April 2020 for $ 27,000 has been appealed.
- Tent Canopy (Kent) – Fine of $ 98,478 on September 23 for lack of fall protection, improper use of a ladder, and other safety violations. The company was charged with fall protection violations in 2016, 2019 and twice in 2020. The company has until October 15 to appeal the quote.