Child labor law violated when teen falls off New Castle rooftop, feds say

NEW CASTLE, Pennsylvania (WKBN) – Federal investigators have determined that a 17-year-old teenager who fell 24 feet off a rooftop was doing work that violated US child labor laws.

On October 22, the teenager was working on the roof of a Lowe’s store in New Castle when he fell, according to investigators. The teenager worked for JVS Roofing in Georgia.

The investigation found that the teenager was doing work that violated child labor laws and led to a wider investigation that found that JVS failed to pay full wages to 30 employees and put others in danger of falling.

The work the teenager was doing was considered dangerous for young workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The teenager sustained minor injuries in the fall.

The US Department of Labor recovered $92,640 in back wages for affected workers and received a $6,399 payment in fines assessed for child labor violations.

A subsequent investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that JVS Roofing did not provide employees with the necessary fall protection, did not provide appropriate training, and allowed employees to work without an installed fall protection system.

OSHA charged the company with four serious safety violations and offered a $16,500 fine, which the company paid.

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