Roofing Company Fined $55,000 After Worker Falls Through Roof Opening

Several days ago a roofing company in Ontario was fined BIG when a worker installing a skylight failed to install a guardrail system and fell through the opening. According to the release, the penalty imposed included a guilty plea, a $55,000.00 fine handed down by Justice of the Peace, Alston A. Gunness. The court also imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge that is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

The roofing company had been hired to replace the existing flat roof of a building. The workers removed a skylight, which left an opening at the surface of the roof. Following the removal the worker failed to install a guardrail system nor did they place a protective covering over the opening. A roofing employee was applying glue near the skylight opening, walked backwards and lost balance before falling through the skylight opening.

“Roofing can be an incredibly dangerous job if safety rules are not followed,” Said Alan Parkes, CEO of Roofcorp of Metro Denver. “Simple safety provisions like guardrails around roof openings are there to ensure roofers do not get severely hurt, or ever worse, fall to their death.”

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