An Olympia area roofing business has been fined $427,000 by the state — the second six-figure fine for the business since 2014, according to the Department of Labor & Industries.
L&I announced Wednesday that the Roof Doctor has been cited for six “willful” violations for exposing six workers to fall hazards while roofing a house in Castle Rock in July. Each violation carries a maximum penalty of $70,000.
The Roof Doctor also was cited for one serious violation that carries a penalty of $7,000 and a general violation with no penalty. Agency officials said the business failed to “effectively train workers in how to use fall protection systems or equipment,” and did not provide equipment to workers at no cost. The agency said workers were required to pay for their own equipment.
Roof Doctor has 15 days to appeal the fine.
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This is the eighth time since 2012 that the business has been cited for fall protection violations, according to L&I. In 2014, the business also was cited for six willful violations, totaling $219,600 in fines. That citation is under appeal.
Any money paid as a result of the citations goes to the workers’ compensation supplemental pension fund.
Roof Doctor, which is headquartered on Old Highway 99 near Tumwater, operates in nine counties and has more than 100 employees.