In Jacksonville, Florida, a roofing company stands at loggerheads with the law. In a press release on Thursday, December 23rd, the U.S. Department of Labor said the company had a history of endangering workers and exposing them to serious and potentially fatal risks related to falls. The company owner, Travis Slaughter, faces possible incarceration for failing to comply with court orders.

Slaughter owns Great White Construction Inc. and Florida Roofing Experts. Their legal troubles involve failure to pay the penalties assessed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to be about $2,202,049. The amount is for more than 48 safety and health violations dating back nearly a decade.

The department stated that since 2017, Slaughter’s companies have undergone ten inspections, resulting in 21 wilful, eight repeats, and one serious citation. However, the contractor and his company continued to flaunt the workplace safety laws and refused to pay the penalties.

The Department of Labor then filed a petition for summary enforcement with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. The department asked the court to enforce 12 final orders issued by OSHA. The court granted the petition, but Slaughter’s company failed to abide by it.

In addition, he failed to disclose his financial condition. The U.S. DOL is determined to use every legal resource available to them to hold slaughter and his company liable for continually endangering workers.

Workers’ safety is crucial to the DOL and OSHA. When employees get injured because of a safety situation, their employers have to pay them workers’ compensation. However, some employers deny their employees this basic right.

When this happens, you can enforce your rights with the help of Florida workers’ compensation lawyers from Work Injury Rights. Contact us today.