Feds find Warrington roofers put minors in danger, failed to pay overtime

A Warrington contractor has been ordered to pay $179,000 in back wages, damages and fines for illegally employing minors and failing to pay overtime, the US Department of Labor said.

An investigation found that Pro Com Roofing & Construction Services Corp. employed five 15- to 17-year-olds to perform dangerous jobs in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and child labor laws, according to a department press release.

Falls are one of the leading causes of injuries and deaths in the construction industry, the Ministry of Labor said. Roofers are at greater risk, which is why federal law prohibits roofing for workers under the age of 18.

Federal investigators found that Pro Com employed the minors to work on a roof, help and clean up after adult roofers; use small hand tools to remove and install roofing material; and use 15-foot ladders to access rooftops.

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