Apex Roofing and Restoration

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The state is fining a Birmingham-area roofing company $15,000 over the death of a 15-year-old worker in a fatal fall.

The Department of Labor announced the penalty against Apex Roofing and Restoration of Pelham on Tuesday.

The state says a 15-year-old working on a roofing job directed by the company died in a 50-foot fall on to a concrete floor. The accident occurred last July 1 in Cullman.

The state fined the company for violating rules against minors working in elevated areas. A statement says the minor's death was avoidable.

Following the death of an employee last summer, Apex Roofing and Restoration LLC and a subcontractor must pay nearly $160,000 in fines.

 The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration found violations including fall hazards and improperly trained workers. The department is also investigating the companies for child labor violations. The federal investigation launched in July, after a 15-year-old worker fell 40 feet to his death at a job site. The companies have 15 days to dispute the fines, comply or meet with officials.