Broward County

Feds cite Broward roofing contractor for safety violations — second time in two years

Tim Payton said this photo shows one of his workers wearing a safety harness.
Tim Payton said this photo shows one of his workers wearing a safety harness.

A Coral Springs roofing contractor has been cited by the federal government for letting employees work without proper safety equipment, allegedly exposing them to dangerous falls of up to 18 feet.

It’s the second time Payton Roofing has run afoul of federal safety regulations since 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The agency has proposed a fine of $53,900.

“Payton Roofing continues to expose its workers to previously cited and easily correctable hazards,” Condell Eastmond, OSHA’s area director in Fort Lauderdale, said in a statement.

Tim Payton, who runs Payton Roofing, said his company follows all safety regulations and informed OSHA he would formally contest its findings.

$53,900 Proposed federal fine against Payton Roofing

“I got pictures of men in harnesses, I got pictures of flags around the property. I train my guys,” Payton said. “They’re just trying to make money off the backs of the working people. … It’s a sad day in America when they can come and slap you upside the head and fine you without warning, sit across the street with binoculars like the KGB.”

OSHA inspectors uncovered the most recent alleged violations at an apartment complex in Lauderhill. Payton Roofing had been cited for similar violations at a job site in Plantation last year and failed to pay a resulting $9,800 fine, records show. The matter was referred to a debt collection agency.

“I ain’t paying them nothing,” Payton said. “I didn’t do anything wrong.”

Employers are supposed to provide workers doing residential construction at heights of more than six feet with guardrails, safety nets, harnesses or other forms of fall protection, according to federal rules.

Falls killed 349 construction workers nationwide in 2014, making it the leading cause of on-the-job deaths in that industry.