Norfolk County

Quincy roofing contractor cited for OSHA violations for fifth time in eight years

QUINCY, Mass. — OSHA is coming down on a Quincy-based roofing contractor they say exposed workers to unsafe conditions on multiple occasions.

The Roof Kings LLC was fined $137,196 for “four willful and two serious violations of workplace safety standards,” according to an OSHA spokesperson.

Specifically, officials say the contractor exposed workers on the roofs of a garage and house in Mattapan to potentially fatal falls from heights between 7 and 21 feet and also failed to provide hardhats to its workers while on the job site.

This is the company’s fifth violation since 2014.

“This employer’s repeated violations show an indefensible and inexcusable pattern of disregard for employees’ safety,” said OSHA Area Director James Mulligan. “The Roof Kings LLC continues to ignore the law and willfully expose its employees to falls. OSHA will continue to take strong enforcement actions against such employers.”

The Roof Kings was also cited for the following:

  • Provide adequate fall protection for employees working at heights of seven to 21 feet.
  • Effectively train employees to recognize and minimize fall hazards.
  • Extend a ladder at least three feet above an upper landing surface accessed by employees.
  • Ensure that employees carrying construction materials as they climbed a ladder to access a work zone could grasp the ladder with at least one hand.
  • Failed to have a competent person conduct frequent and regular inspections of the jobsite, materials and equipment to identify and address potential hazards.

The company has contested the findings of OSHA’s investigation.

Falls are the leading cause of death in construction work, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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