Roofing company fined $117,175 following fatal plunge of 15-year-old at Alabama job location

Apex Roofing & Restoration LLC, a Pelham roofing contractor, was recently fined $117,175 by the U.S. Department of Labor for violating federal child labor laws. This violation resulted in the tragic death of a 15-year-old child at a worksite in Cullman, AL.

On July 1, 2019, the teen reported to the worksite for his first day on the job. While working on the roof of a Cullman Casting Corporation building, the teen fell approximately 50 feet to the floor below, sustaining severe injuries including fractures of the wrist, skull, and ribs. Sadly, the teen was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division conducted an investigation and found that Apex Roofing had illegally employed the teen in violation of a Fair Labor Standards Act child labor hazardous occupation order. This order prohibits workers under the age of 18 from engaging in dangerous jobs, such as roofing or construction operations. As a result, the agency assessed a civil money penalty of $117,175 through the child labor enhanced penalty program, which increases penalties for violations that cause the death or serious injuries of workers under the age of 18.

Wage and Hour Administrator Jessica Looman stated, “Apex Roofing risked the life of a child by employing him to work on a roof in violation of federal child labor laws, leaving relatives and friends to grieve an unnecessary and preventable tragedy.” The Wage and Hour Division remains committed to using all available resources to combat illegal child labor and hold violators accountable.

In fiscal year 2023, the division found child labor violations in over 950 investigations, resulting in more than $8 million in penalties assessed to employers. Workers and employers can contact the division confidentially with any questions, and the department can communicate with callers in over 200 languages. To learn more about child labor regulations and prohibited jobs for workers under the age of 18, visit the Wage and Hour Division’s website. For information about the Fair Labor Standards Act and other laws enforced by the agency, individuals can contact the division’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Additionally, the department offers a free Timesheet App for Android and iOS devices in both English and Spanish to help ensure accurate hours worked and pay.  

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