Pennsylvania Roofing Company Owner Endangers Children in Hazardous Work Conditions

United States Department of Labor

LIVERPOOL, PA — The owner of S&L Roofing, Gutters and Siding LLC has come under scrutiny for exposing his two young sons to life-threatening hazards while working on a Mechanicsburg apartment complex. A U.S. Department of Labor investigation found that the boys, aged 12 and 14, were subjected to falls from heights—the leading cause of death in the construction industry—during roofing work in June 2024.

Disturbing Violations Uncovered

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), alerted by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, discovered multiple safety violations during their inspection. The children were exposed to fall hazards, used an improperly set extension ladder, and operated pneumatic nail guns, all in violation of federal regulations designed to protect workers.

OSHA cited the contractor for five safety violations, including two willful violations, and proposed penalties totaling $64,759. “Allowing children to perform roofing work is illegal and permitting them to do so without fall protection makes this case even more disturbing,” said Kevin T. Chambers, OSHA Area Director in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He emphasized that falls from heights kill hundreds of workers annually and leave many others with severe and disabling injuries.

Repeat Offender

This isn’t the first time S&L Roofing has faced legal issues. The company is currently embroiled in litigation with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania following similar violations cited by state safety inspectors in 2023. Additionally, OSHA cited the company for three serious violations related to fall protective systems in inspections conducted in 2015.

Construction Dangers & Illegal Practices

The case highlights several critical issues in workplace safety and child labor laws. First, it underscores the ongoing dangers posed by inadequate safety measures in the construction industry. Falls from heights remain the leading cause of fatalities and serious injuries among construction workers. Ensuring proper safety protocols can significantly reduce these risks.

Second, the incident brings attention to the illegal use of child labor in hazardous jobs. Federal regulations are clear: minors should not be exposed to dangerous work conditions such as those found on construction sites. This case exemplifies the severe consequences when such rules are ignored.

A Wake-Up Call for Companies

The repeated violations by S&L Roofing suggest systemic issues within the company regarding compliance with federal safety regulations. This pattern of negligence not only endangers workers but also exposes the company to severe legal and financial penalties. Employers must recognize the importance of adhering to safety standards to protect their workforce and avoid substantial fines and reputational damage.

Furthermore, this case highlights the importance of vigilant oversight by regulatory bodies like OSHA. Their role in identifying and addressing safety violations is crucial for maintaining safe work environments. The penalties imposed serve as a deterrent to other companies that may consider cutting corners on safety.

Protecting Workers in Construction

The findings of OSHA’s investigation into S&L Roofing, Gutters and Siding LLC reveal a troubling disregard for both worker safety and child labor laws. By allowing his sons to work in hazardous conditions, the owner not only violated federal regulations but also put their lives at significant risk. As the case proceeds, it serves as a stark reminder of the critical need for strict adherence to safety standards in the construction industry. The penalties imposed aim to enforce compliance and protect workers from preventable injuries and fatalities.

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