Wash. roofer exposed employees to fall risks
After being notified by concerned neighbors living near several construction projects, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries investigated – and found multiple worker safety violations at three different worksites involving Allways Roofing.
- Working on a steep-pitched roof without fall protection
- Improper ladder use
- Failing to have a fall protection plan
- Failing to train workers on fall protection use
The Snohomish-based company faces penalties totaling more than $374,000.
Allways Roofing has been cited by the Department seven times since 2012. Previous citations include 11 repeat-serious and eight serious violations.
Employers are required to provide roofing workers with fall protection equipment that meets OSHA requirements whenever they work 6 feet or more above a lower level. Contractors may be able to protect their workers using the following equipment:
- Personal fall arrest systems;
- Guardrails; or