TUMWATER, WA – The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) recently issued a combined $768,000 in fines against three western-Washington roofing companies for allegedly allowing workers to roof on top of homes without using fall protection and for other safety violations.
“It’s frustrating to see these repeat offenders continue to blatantly disregard their employees’ safety and health,” said Craig Blackwood, assistant director of L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
According to L&I, Allways Roofing of Snohomish County, Wilson Roofing and Construction LLC of Kirkland, and Valentine Roofing Inc. of Tukwila have a history of ignoring safety requirements. These new citations and fines are just the latest.
Allways Roofing, Snohomish
With the most fines of the three, Allways Roofing in Snohomish was fined $425,000 for seven safety violations including two alleged “egregious, willful, repeat violations,” the most severe penalty imposed by the state. The fines are for failure to use fall protection or use material roofing brackets as tie off points.
L&I also cited the employer for the alleged lack of worker eye protection while using nail guns, improper ladder use, and other safety violations observed by inspectors at a Snohomish home.
Six months ago, Allways Roofing was fined $1.2 million for the same violations. And, about a year ago, the company was also fined nearly $375,000.
“That’s $2 million in fines over the last 12 months,” said Blackwood. “We won’t give up on our efforts to protect these workers no matter how many times we have to inspect, cite, and fine the company.”
According to L&I, Allways Roofing has had at least seven serious injuries including five 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 safety violations including two alleged “egregious, willful, repeat violations” for lack of fall protection and other safety violations while roofing a home in Ferndale.
During an inspection, three roofers were reportedly seen wearing harnesses that were not attached to tie off ropes while working on a steep pitched roof with a fall height of about 22 feet.
In the last three years, L&I has inspected Wilson Roofing & Construction twice following falls from heights, which ended in employees being hospitalized. In March 2019, the company was cited and fined $42,000 for not ensuring fall protection was being used by its roofers.
Valentine Roofing Inc., Tukwila
L&I has fined Valentine Roofing $94,000 for four alleged serious safety violations.
According to L&I, a homeowner in Lake Tapps contacted L&I after she photographed employees of Valentine Roofing working up to 16 feet high on the roof without wearing fall protection and without using eye protection while using a nail …….