JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Two roofing contractors in Florida are once again facing stiff OSHA fines, this time as a result of an inspection conducted at a St. Augustine worksite.
Derek Williams, operating as Elo Restoration Inc. in Jacksonville, and Travis Slaughter, operating as Florida Roofing Experts Inc., each face the maximum allowable penalty of $129,336.
OSHA said in a release that is initiated the inspection as part of the agency’s Regional Emphasis Program on Falls in Construction as well as a complaint that employees were performing residential roofing activities without fall protection.
“Ensuring that employees are protected from fall hazards is a requirement,” said OSHA Jacksonville Area Office Director Michelle Gonzalez.
The citation issued to Florida Roofing Experts claims five employees were working on a residential roofing with a 5:12 pitch and “exposed to a fall hazard of 13 feet to the ground” and not using any kind of personal fall protection system.
Slaughter previously operated Great White Construction Inc., which was shuttered after facing $1.5 million in fines following a litany of OSHA violations, as Bloomberg Environment reports. The list of citations can be found in OSHA's online records.
Elo Restoration was issued a citation for the same St. Augustine inspection site. However, Elo Restoration’s citation also identifies the company as a repeat offender, having previously been ordered to pay fines four times under the former business name of “Rogero & Williams Roofing Contractors Inc.” since 2015.
The most recent citations to Elo Restoration and Florida Roofing Experts were issued Nov. 20. The companies have 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply.