MOSES LAKE – A Pasco-based roofing company that does heavy work in the Moses Lake area is one of four companies across the state recently fined by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) for unsafe labor practices.
According to a press release from the agency, L&I fined Royal Roofing Inc. $ 108,000 in July 2021 for a lack of fall protection for roofers in Wenatchee and an additional $ 27,000 for a similar problem in Moses Lake.
“The company has not appealed against either of the two quotations,” says the press release.
This is not the first time that L&I has quoted Royal Roofing because of the lack of fall protection. According to L&I, the company was cited nine times between 2013 and 2018, with an appellate body upholding a $ 10,500 fine in January 2020, while an April 2020 appeal is being challenged for $ 27,000.
Royal Roofing did not respond to the Herald’s request for comment.
Craig Blackwood, L & I’s assistant director of occupational health and safety, said in the press release that all four fined companies were previously caught violating the same safety rules. Because of this, Blackwood said, a series of inspections were conducted over the weekends to ensure companies were complying with state safety guidelines.
“Employee safety is a 24/7 obligation,” Blackwood said in the press release. “We not only check compliance from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.”
The other three companies cited in the news release were America 1st Roofing & Builders Inc. of Mukilteo, which has been fined $ 168,039 and has until October 25 to appeal; Home Build Construction in Steilacoom fined $ 131,400 in early September for a number of safety breaches, including lack of fall protection, lack of eye protection, and improper use of a ladder, and the company has appealed; and Camp Roofing of Kirkland, fined $ 98,478 for fall protection, improper use of a ladder, and other safety violations in late September and due to appeal by Friday.