Roofer Ignores OSHA 19 Times, Gets $214,782 Fine

January 6, 2017

Robert Barringer III was cited again by OSHA for willful, serious safety violations for failing to provide his roofing company workers with fall protection equipment. Barringer is the owner of a roofing company in Belleville, Ill.

As of January 3, 2017, Barringer is looking at $214,782 in fines because yet another of his company's job sites was found to be ignoring OSHA worker safety fall protection regulations. Barringer Brothers Roofing was cited for four willful and two serious safety violations after it was observed the company's workers were working at heights greater than six feet without adequate fall protection in July 2016.

The four willful violations include the absence of an accident-prevention program; lack of eye and face protective equipment with use of nail guns; no personal fall arrests, guardrails or safety net systems for workers at heights; and anchorage points used for the attachment of personal fall arrest systems were not independent of the anchorage points used to suspend platforms.

This isn't a new experience for Barringer. Since 2006, Barringer's various businesses -- Barringer Brothers Roofing, Barringer Brothers Inc., and Barringer Brothers Construction Inc. -- have been cited and fined 19 times by OSHA for safety hazards.

Barringer has the distinction of being in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

Barringer Brothers Roofing has 15 days to answer OSHA's citation.