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WARRINGTON, Pennsylvania – Roofing Contractor, Pro Com Roofing & Construction Services Corp., was ordered to pay $179K for violated labor laws. The Department of Labor and OSHA have shown increased enforcement this year and contractors should know that nothing is off the table when it comes to safety. Accidental falls are one of the most common causes of injuries and fatalities in the construction industry. The dangers that roofing workers face are heightened by the fact that they spend the majority of their workdays on their feet, which is why federal law prohibits roofing as a hazardous occupation for workers under the age of 18.
The roofing contractor was found to have employed five minors – ages 15 to 17 – to perform hazardous tasks in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to an investigation by the United States Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.
The Roofing Contractor violated law when:
-They employed 5 minors for a roofing contract
-They used small hand tools to remove and install roofing materials as well as 15-foot ladders to install roofing materials.
-The 17 year old operated powered device, in this case, a powered device, such as an impact or screw gun.
Also determined was that the employer paid all hourly employees straight time for all hours worked, including those beyond 40 in a workweek, a practice that resulted in violations of the overtime regulations. It was determined by the investigators that Pro Com maintained two sets of time records: one for weekday hours and another for weekend hours. Weekend hours were compensated with separate, non-payroll checks, while weekday hours were compensated with payroll checks. During the course of determining whether or not overtime was due, the employer failed to combine hours from the two sets of books.
Pro Com Roofing Corp. was ordered to pay $132,000 in back wages and damages on July 14 by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, for failing to pay required overtime wages to 37 employees during the previous year. Furthermore, the consent judgment upheld the division’s assessment of $47,901 in civil penalties against the company for 19 willful violations, which included knowingly employing five minors in potentially dangerous occupations.