Washington Roofers Face $1 Million-Plus in Fines for Reported Safety Violations
Two Washington roofing companies that landed on the Department of Labor & Industries’ severe violators list face large fines for reportedly allowing roofers to work on top of homes without using fall protection, among other alleged safety violations.
L&I has reportedly inspected Allways Roofing Inc. in Snohomish 11 times in the past three years following reports of roofers not wearing fall protection.
The two most recent citations the firm was hit with include $788,000 in fines. Allways Roofing has reportedly amassed nearly $2.5 million in penalties over the past 15 months.
Many of the violations for which L&I inspectors cited the company are for repeatedly ignoring fall protection rules, incurring the most severe penalty imposed by L&I. Several of these citations are still in the appeals process.
Allways Roofing allegedly has had at least seven serious injuries including five falls from heights and two eye injuries from nail guns.
United Roofing Solutions, another company L&I considers a severe violator, faces a new round of fines for repeated violations. L&I opened an inspection of the company in March after a compliance safety and health officer reportedly drove by a job site and observed six roofers on top of a house not wearing fall protection or safety glasses.
United Roofing Solutions has allegedly been inspected by L&I a dozen times since it opened in 2009, and it has been cited and fined more than $500,000 for workers not wearing fall protection. In the most recent case, the company was cited for repeat, willful, serious violations for not using fall protection, a $305,254 penalty.
United Roofing Solutions has appealed the citation and fine.
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