A Roofing Contractor Violates its Agreement to Protect its Workers and Faces More Than $600K in Penalties — Occupational Health & Safety

A roofer breaks his worker protection agreement and faces more than $ 600,000 in fines

Janiec Roofing Inc. does not adhere to OSHA’s prior settlement agreement.

A Bergen County contractor breached its settlement agreement with the US Department of Labor. The contractor agreed to make security improvements after violating federal security inspections in 2019. The inspectors identified nine violations with proposed fines of $ 121,687. On November 13, 2020, Janiec Roofing Inc. of Lodi, New Jersey entered into a settlement agreement with OSHA.

The deal came after two inspections in 2019 found significant violations related to fall protection and other safety issues. According to a press release, the company agreed to create a detailed safety and health program to train employers and employees to create safety checklists to identify and eliminate safety risks. OSHA conducted a follow-up inspection in 2021 which found the roofing company was not in compliance and continued to expose workers to dangerous safety risks. The agency then proposed additional fines of $ 180,220 and quoted the company as a “non-compliance breach for non-compliance with the terms of the settlement agreement” and “failure to submit the documents required to demonstrate compliance.”

OSHA conducted two additional inspections prior to the follow-up inspection, which were part of the Agency’s Regional Priority Program on Fall Hazards in Construction. In January 2021, OSHA visited a Janiec work site in Saddle Brook where inspectors found unsafe use of ladders and errors in the use of head, eye and fall protection devices. The press release said the two inspections resulted in two deliberate, four repeated and three serious citations, as well as a fine of $ 420,521.

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