For the second time in five months, a Snohomish roofing company is facing more than $400,000 in fines for disregarding safety rules it has violated 60 times over the past four years, the Washington Department of Labor and Industries reports.
According to the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), L&I inspectors were tipped off that Allways Roofing employees were working on a two-story house with neither connected safety harnesses nor eye protection in a Mount Vernon neighborhood. A safety inspection conducted last April confirmed the allegations, L&I reports.
L&I reports further that department inspectors photographed two workers, including the job-site lead, wearing safety harnesses that were not hooked to an anchor point to prevent them from falling off the roof.
This latest inspection yielded the roofing company a total of $433,718 in fines for multiple violations, including four, "egregious, willful, repeat violations of fall protection rules," the most severe penalty imposed by the state, L&I reports.
"If Allways Roofing is getting cited this often, it means they're purposefully ignoring the rules to save time and make money," said Craig Blackwood, assistant director of L&I's Division of Occupational Safety and Health. "We won't give up on our efforts to protect these workers no matter how many times we have to inspect, cite, and fine this company."
According to L&I, Allways Roofing has had at least seven serious injuries to date, including five falls and two eye injuries from nail guns.
To date, Allways Roofing is among the most frequent violators of safety rules in the state, L&I reports. Many of its violations go back more than a decade, which have incurred some $3.7 million in fines since 2019, according to L&I, which reports the company has only paid $250,000 in fines so far.
Allways Roofing also owes $22,426.39 in overdue workers' compensation premiums, according to L&I, which has resulted in the suspension of its contractor registration until the premiums are paid.
Allways Roofing has not appealed this latest round of fines, L&I reports. It will further remain in the Severe Violator Program and be subject to greater scrutiny by the state, according to L&I.