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Region 1 News Release: 11-1216-BOS/BOS 2011-306
Sept. 1, 2011
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074
Email: fitzgerald.edmund@dol.gov

US Labor Department reaches settlement with Nations Roof, 14 affiliated
companies to enhance safety and health for employees nationwide

BOSTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has reached an enterprisewide settlement agreement with Nations Roof LLC and Nations Roof of New England LLC that resolves litigation stemming from citations and penalties issued to the latter for hazards at a Hudson, N.H., work site by the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Lithia Springs, Ga.-based Nations Roof LLC and its 14 affiliated companies have agreed to completely reinvent a uniform safety and health program, which will include significant improvements to employee training, safety and health planning, work site inspections, and management structure and accountability.

In addition to Nations Roof of New England, which is based in Connecticut, the affiliates include Nations Roof National Service Center and Nations Roof South, both based in Georgia; Nations Roof East, based in New York; Nations Roof North, based in Wisconsin; Nations Roof of California; Nations Roof West, also based in California; Nations Roof of Carolinas, based in North Carolina; Nations Roof of Florida; Nations Roof South Florida; Nations Roof Central, based in Texas; Nations Roof MidAtlantic, based in Virginia; Nations Roof of Illinois; and Nations Roof of Ohio.

"In this settlement, Nations Roof goes beyond correcting hazards and paying a fine," said Marthe Kent, OSHA's New England regional administrator, who is based in Boston. "It commits itself to a proactive safety and health culture that will emphasize training and awareness to minimize roofing and construction hazards companywide, which ultimately will help ensure that all of its workers return home whole and healthy after each day's labors."

"The significance of an enterprisewide settlement agreement is in bringing about enhanced safety and health for the entire workforce of an employer with multiple lo