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Roofer Cited in Skylight Death

Friday, May 29, 2015

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JACKSONVILLE, FL—A Florida roofing contractor with a history of federal safety violations is now facing $154,000 in new fines stemming from a 24-foot fall that killed a worker.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Pinnacle Roofing Contractors Inc., of Jacksonville, FL, with two willful and two serious violations in the accident at a work site in Jacksonville.

John W. Miles III was working without fall protection when he fell through an unprotected skylight in a warehouse roof in November 2014, according to the OSHA citation. He was taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.


While some skylights on the warehouse had safeguards, workers were not protected from fall hazards, according to OSHA. OSHA provided this image as a example of a skylight with a protective system installed.

Pinnacle Roofing did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday (May 28).

The company, founded in 1994, was previously cited for a serious safety hazard relating to fall protection in July 2012. In that case, OSHA imposed a $1,445 fine that has been referred to debt collection, according to OSHA’s database.

Willful, Serious Violations

In the current case, Pinnacle was cited for allegedly allowing employees to work at heights greater than six feet without guard rails or fall protection and for not installing protective systems on the skylights.

Both of those hazards resulted in willful citations, carrying a total of $140,000 in fines. Willful citations are the agency’s highest level of infraction.

Two serious citations were issued for failing to ensure the edge of the roof was marked and for not installing skylight protection systems capable of supporting a worker’s fall. Those hazards resulted in $14,000 in fines.


Founded in 1994, Pinnacle is an industrial/commercial roofing contractor serving the southeastern United States.

Serious citations reflect hazards that may cause death or serious injury.

Falls are the leading cause of death for construction workers. OSHA has proposed to place the company on its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

Pinnacle has 15 days to comply, request a conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

About the Company

Founded in 1994, Pinnacle is an industrial/commercial roofing contractor serving the southeastern United States.

According to its website, the company works on new facilities and retrofit projects and specializes in the following roofing systems: built-up systems, modified bitumen systems, EPDM and various thermoplastic systems, steep slope systems, and metal siding.

Major projects for the company include the Blue Cross Blue Shield building in Jacksonville, the Santa Rosa Correctional Facility in Milton, FL, and the Ice Palace Hockey Arena in Tampa.


Tagged categories: Building Envelope; Citations; Fall protection; Hazards; Health and safety; North America; OSHA; Roofing contractors; Roofing materials

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