Snohomish roofing company fined $1.2M for safety violations

SNOHOMISH, Wash. (AP) – The state’s Department of Labor and Industry announced Thursday that it is assessing Allways Roofing more than $1.2 million for endangering the lives of workers.

State inspectors found a dozen “deliberate serious violations” at three runways, in Snohomish and Lake Stevens, between December and March, officials said in a press release.

Richard Ovak, owner of Allways Roofing, told The Daily Herald they are appealing the safety citation.

In at least one case, employees were working on a steep roof without fall protection. Inspectors also noted that ladders were either not set up or used correctly, and that workers using pneumatic nail guns were not wearing eye protection.

The high fine is partly due to the fact that Allways Roofing is a repeat offender.

Since 2010, officials have cited the company for more than a dozen security violations. Last year, it was fined nearly $375,000 for violations found at work sites in Woodinville and Arlington. At least four claims have been made by workers who fell from steep roofs, resulting in serious injuries and hospitalizations.

The company is on the agency’s “Severe Violator Program.”

“They have blatantly chosen to ignore them, putting their employees at serious risk,” said Craig Blackwood, a director of the security service.

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