Snohomish roofing company fined $1.2M for safety violations

SNOHOMISH, Wash. (AP) — The state Department of Labor & Industries says it’s assessing Allways Roofing more than $1.2 million for putting workers’ lives in danger. State inspectors found a dozen “willful serious violations” at three job sites, in Snohomish and Lake Stevens, between December and March. Richard Ovak, owner of Allways Roofing, says they’re appealing the safety citation. In at least one instance, employees were working on a steep roof with no fall protection. Inspectors also noted times when ladders either weren’t set up or weren’t being used correctly. Workers using pneumatic nail guns weren’t wearing eye protection.