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Roofer fined $600K for failure to comply with safety agreement


A New Jersey roofing company that agreed to make safety improvements in a U.S. Department of Labor settlement in 2020 has been cited more than $600,000 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for its failure to do so, the agency said in a statement Tuesday.

Lodi, New Jersey-based Janiec Roofing Inc. had been fined for nine safety violations related to fall protection and other safety issues during two inspections in 2019. The following year, the company entered into an agreement with the DOL to establish a comprehensive written safety and health program, provide training to managers and workers and create daily safety checklists to identify and remove hazards, according to OSHA.

However, in a follow-up inspection in 2020, inspectors found workers on roofs without fall protection, unsafe use of ladders, and a lack of head, eye and fall protections. A 2021 inspection found that the roofing company failed to comply with the DOL agreement, failed to abate violations and did not submit documentation to show compliance.

As a result, the roofing company will face $420,000 in new penalties for willful, repeat and serious citations and $180,000 for failure to comply with the settlement agreement.

The company has 15 business days from the receipt of its citations to contest the findings.

The owner of Janiec Roofing was unavailable for comment.






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