TUMWATER, WA – The Washington Point out Section of Labor & Industries (L&I) a short while ago issued a merged $768,000 in fines towards 3 western-Washington roofing providers for allegedly making it possible for employees to roof on major of properties without using tumble safety and for other safety violations.
“It’s frustrating to see these repeat offenders continue to blatantly disregard their employees’ basic safety and health,” explained Craig Blackwood, assistant director of L&I’s Division of Occupational Protection and Health.
In accordance to L&I, Allways Roofing of Snohomish County, Wilson Roofing and Construction LLC of Kirkland, and Valentine Roofing Inc. of Tukwila have a historical past of disregarding protection requirements. These new citations and fines are just the most current.
Allways Roofing, Snohomish
With the most fines of the a few, Allways Roofing in Snohomish was fined $425,000 for seven security violations which include two alleged “egregious, willful, repeat violations,” the most intense penalty imposed by the point out. The fines are for failure to use fall security or use product roofing brackets as tie off points.
L&I also cited the employer for the alleged lack of worker eye protection while making use of nail guns, incorrect ladder use, and other protection violations noticed by inspectors at a Snohomish dwelling.
6 months ago, Allways Roofing was fined $1.2 million for the exact violations. And, about a calendar year back, the corporation was also fined virtually $375,000.
“That’s $2 million in fines over the past 12 months,” mentioned Blackwood. “We will not give up on our initiatives to guard these employees no matter how several situations we have to examine, cite, and great the company.”
According to L&I, Allways Roofing has experienced at minimum seven really serious injuries like 5 falls from heights and two eye injuries from nail guns.
Wilson Roofing & Construction LLC, Kirkland
Wilson Roofing & Construction in Kirkland was fined $247,000 for six basic safety violations such as two alleged “egregious, willful, repeat violations” for deficiency of drop defense and other safety violations whilst roofing a house in Ferndale.
Throughout an inspection, three roofers were being reportedly observed putting on harnesses that were being not attached to tie off ropes while performing on a steep pitched roof with a fall peak of about 22 ft.
In the very last three many years, L&I has inspected Wilson Roofing & Development 2 times adhering to falls from heights, which ended in workers becoming hospitalized. In March 2019, the business was cited and fined $42,000 for not ensuring tumble defense was getting used by its roofers.
Valentine Roofing Inc., Tukwila
L&I has fined Valentine Roofing $94,000 for 4 alleged serious safety violations.
In accordance to L&I, a homeowner in Lake Tapps contacted L&I just after she photographed workforce of Valentine Roofing operating up to 16 ft large on the roof without having carrying tumble security and without applying eye defense although applying a nail gun.
State inspectors reported they also noticed skylights and roof holes that did not have guardrails to reduce workers from slipping via.
The company has inspected the company 9 occasions above the past three a long time and cited it regularly for tumble protection violations.
Allways Roofing and Wilson Roofing have appealed the citations and fines. Valentine Roofing has until January 27 to file an charm.