Washington roofing company fined more than $425K for safety violations

Employer has been cited eight times since 2012

Posted February 2, 2016

A Washington roofing company has been fined $427,000 for exposing workers to fall hazards without adequate fall protection, according to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I).

The department's investigation found that the company exposed six workers to fall hazards from heights as high as 23 feet while roofing a house last July. L&I cited the company for six willful violations, each with the maximum penalty of $70,000.

The department also cited the company for one serious violation with a penalty of $7,000 for failing to effectively train workers in how to use fall protection systems or equipment. They received a citation for a general violation as well, for not providing fall protection equipment to the workers at no cost after L&I learned that workers were required to pay for their own equipment. General violations typically do not have a penalty.

According to L&I, this is the eighth time since 2012 that the company has been cited for fall protection violations. In 2014, the company was cited for six willful violations and fined $219,600 for the same fall protection hazards. That citation is under appeal.

As a result of these violations, the roofing company has been identified as a severe violator and is subject to follow-up inspections to determine if the conditions still exist in the future.

A serious violation exists in a workplace if there is a substantial probability that worker death or serious physical harm could result from a hazardous condition. A willful violation can be issued when L&I has evidence of plain indifference, a substitution of judgment or intentional disregard of a hazard or rule.


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