Roofing company faces $1.2M in fines for fall violations

A Washington roofing company faces a $1.2 million fine from the Washington Department of Labor & Industries for repeatedly endangering its employees, the department said in a statement on Thursday.

The L&I investigated three job boards run by Allways Roofing Inc between December 2020 and March 2021. of Snohomish, Washington, after multiple complaints that roofers lacked fall protection. Inspectors have charged the company with 12 deliberate serious violations for workers performing roofing work on steeply pitched roofs without fall protection, improper use of ladders and workers using pneumatic nail guns without eye protection. According to the statement, all but one of the violations were repeated violations.

The department has cited Allways Roofing with more than a dozen safety violations since 2010, and the company has filed at least four injury claims related to falls from steep roofs resulting in serious injuries and hospitalizations.

The company has 15 business days to appeal the citations. Sanctions paid to the department are placed in the state’s supplementary pension fund.

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