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Florida Roofing Contractor, Great White Construction, Inc., Found in Contempt by Failing to Pay $2,202,049 in Penalties

ATLANTA, GA (STL.News) The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has found a Jacksonville, Florida-based roofing contractor in contempt of court for failing to pay $2,202,049 in penalties assessed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for safety and health violations at work-sites in Florida.

The Department of Labor filed a petition with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals for summary enforcement against Great White Construction Inc., Florida Roofing Experts Inc. and owner Travis Slaughter pursuant to Section 11(b) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) to enforce 12 final orders of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC).  Those final orders include multiple egregious, willful and repeat violations for lack of fall protection and other safety and health hazards at work-sites in Florida.  On October 2, 2017, and June 5, 2018, the court granted the department’s petition, enforcing the final orders of the commission.

On August 28, 2019, the department filed a Petition for Civil Contempt against Great White Construction Inc. and Florida Roofing Experts Inc. and Slaughter, alleging they failed to comply with the court’s October 2017 and June 2018 orders, based on evidence that the companies failed to provide proof of abatement, continued to violate OSHA standards and failed to pay the penalties assessed.

The court held the companies and Slaughter in civil contempt on January 3, 2020, ordering the companies and Slaughter to pay the outstanding penalties of $2,202,049 plus interest and fees, and requiring them to certify that they had corrected the violations within 10 days of the court’s order.  If the companies and Slaughter fail to comply, they face coercive sanctions, including incarceration and other relief the court deems proper.

“This enforcement action demonstrates that OSHA will utilize every resource available to ensure that safety and health standards are followed to protect workers,” said Solicitor of Labor Kate O’Scannlain.  “Employers that ignore multiple court orders requiring correction of violations and payment of penalties will be held accountable.”

The court’s ruling comes after repeated inspections by OSHA and litigation by the Department’s Office of the Solicitor to address Great White and Florida Roofing’s violations of OSHA’s safety requirements.  The court’s remedy addresses the companies’ longstanding refusal to protect workers and pay the associated penalties.

Under the OSH Act, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is help to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.  For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

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