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News March 22, 2023

Florida contractor faces fines, citations after 15-year-old worker falls

JGN Services LLC, Lake Mary, Fla., faces fines and citations for three serious alleged violations after a 15-year-old worker fell about 20 feet from the roof of a two-story home in Orlando, Fla., according to Bloomberg Law. The company is not an NRCA member.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration found the roofing company failed to ensure the use of required fall protection, which led to the 15-year-old suffering severe head and spinal injuries and spending six days in a hospital.

The Department of Labor issued $8,702 in penalties for three serious citations for safety violations, and a Wage and Hour Division investigation led to a $55,841 civil penalty under the Child Labor Enhanced Penalty Program.

The Wage and Hour Division also found the employer committed minimum wage and overtime violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act by not paying employees overtime rates for hours logged beyond 40 hours in a workweek and misclassifying some workers as independent contractors.

The investigation recovered $106,600 in back wages and liquidated damages for 18 workers.


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