The Washington Division of Labor & Industries issued a mixed $768,000 in fines towards three Washington roofing firms for reportedly permitting employees to roof on high of houses with out utilizing fall safety and for different security violations.
All the time Roofing of Snohomish County, Wilson Roofing and Development LLC of Kirkland, and Valentine Roofing Inc. of Tukwila have a historical past of ignoring security necessities, and These new citations and fines are the newest, in accordance with L&I.
Allways Roofing was fined $425,000 for seven security violations together with two egregious, willful, repeat violations. The fines are for failure to make use of fall safety or use materials roofing brackets as tie off factors. L&I additionally cited the employer for lack of employee eye safety whereas utilizing nail weapons, improper ladder use, and different security violations noticed by inspectors at a Snohomish residence.
Allways Roofing was reportedly fined $1.2 million six months in the past for a similar violations. And, a couple of 12 months in the past, it was fined almost $375,000. The corporate is within the Extreme Violators Enforcement Program, subjecting the agency to better scrutiny.
Allways Roofing has had no less than seven reportedly critical accidents, together with 5 falls from heights and two eye accidents from nail weapons.
Wilson Roofing & Development was fined $247,000 for six security violations, together with two egregious, willful, repeat violations for lack of fall safety and different security violations whereas roofing a house in Ferndale.
Throughout an inspection, three roofers had been reportedly seen carrying harnesses that weren’t connected to tie off ropes whereas engaged on a steep pitched roof with a fall top of about 22 toes.
L&I has inspected Wilson Roofing & Development twice previously three years following falls from heights, which reportedly hospitalized workers. In March 2019, the corporate was cited and fined $42,000 for not making certain fall safety was being utilized by its roofers. Wilson Roofing & Development is now thought of a Extreme Violator.
A home-owner in Lake Tapps contacted L&I after she photographed workers of Valentine Roofing working as much as 16 toes excessive on the roof repotedly with out carrying fall safety and with out utilizing eye safety whereas utilizing a nail gun.
State inspectors stated additionally they noticed skylights and roof holes that didn’t have guardrails to forestall employees from falling by means of.
L&I fined Valentine Roofing $94,000 for 4 critical security violations. The company has inspected the corporate 9 occasions over the previous three years and cited it repeatedly for fall safety violations.
Allways Roofing and Wilson Roofing have appealed the citations and fines. Valentine Roofing has till Jan. 27 to file an enchantment.
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