Justice for Roofers


Even the press has taken note of some the problems that Nu-Tec Roofing has encountered over the years. The following are summaries of some of their problems as reported in various newspapers around the country:

[From the St. Petersburg Times (Florida). October 19, 2005.]
NU-TEC CRANE CRASHES INTO RESTAURANT, PEOPLE INSIDE
An article from the above mentioned newspaper tells the frightening experience of people inside a restaurant in Tampa, Florida, when a Nu-Tec crane tipped over and crashed into the building causing a 4-foot hole in the roof. The truck attached to the crane was left suspended in the air. Patrons were terrified and some fled with their children to safety. Luckily, no one was hurt in the incident and a propane tank on the back of the Nu-Tec truck did not explode. Fire rescue workers were so worried about a possible explosion that they called the local utility company to turn of the gas in the area as a precaution. The article states that a Nu-Tec supervisor on the scene would not comment on the incident.

[St. Petersburg Times (Florida). June 30, 2005.]
NU-TEC ROOF STARTS LEAKING DURING A CITY HALL MEETING IN FLORIDA
A Port Richey, Florida, City Hall meeting had an unpleasant occurrence during a rainstorm. At the end of the meeting, Council member Fred Miller couldn’t help but ask about the leaks in the roof and how it was holding up. According to the newspaper, “The news was grim. The roof had dozens of small leaks and moisture blisters. The repair bill: $50,000.” The Tampa office of Nu-Tec is responsible for the roof and was reported to have fixed “some” of the leaks. City Manager Jerry Calhoun was going to investigate to see if Nu-Tec was responsible for the leaks.

[The Tampa Tribune (Florida). June 4, 1999.]
NU-TEC ROOFER DIES ON THE JOB SITE
39 year-old Chester Neal Banes of Tampa was found dead on a Nu-Tec work site at a mall in Hillsborough County, Florida. At around 12:30pm a mall supervisor checked on Mr. Banes and saw that he was fine. Less than two hours later the same supervisor went up and discovered that he was not breathing. Apparently, Nu-Tec Roofing had no one else working with Mr. Banes that day who might have been able to check his health sooner.

[The Tampa Tribune (Florida). March 30, 1996.]
BRAND NEW $185,800 NU-TEC ROOF LEAKS CAUSING DAMAGE TO JUDICIAL CENTER
Rainfall hit the roof of the West Pasco, Florida, Judicial Center and the leaking caused water damage in the clerk of court’s office. The Tampa Tribune quotes Barbara Rulison, the clerk’s special project coordinator, as saying “It looked horrible… There was sloshy water on the floor, files were wet and there were fallen ceiling tiles.” Besides the damage to the files and the roof, a high-speed copier was also noted as being a “casualty”. Nu-Tec Roofing had just installed the $185,800 roof from taxpayer’s money. Some offices were forced to move to other parts of the building in order to continue doing business.

[The Post-Tribune (Indiana). November 2, 1988]
NU-TEC SUED FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT
Nu-Tec was sued by the Valparaiso School Building Improvement Corporation for failing to do any work on three different schools in the City of Valparaiso, Indiana. The School Board sued Nu-Tec and asked the Indiana Department of Labor Division of Employment Standards to investigate if Nu-Tec was failing to pay prevailing wages to their workers, as required by their bid. The lawyer for the Valparaiso School Board accused Nu-Tec of breaching the contract when it “…knowingly failed to pay the prevailing wage required of it.” No work was ever done on the schools and the contract was terminated. Another roofing company was hired to do the work and they estimated that the amount required to honor the contract and pay for damages could be “..in excess of $100,000.”

They say that there is no such thing as bad press, but the management at Nu-Tec Roofing could not be too pleased with the articles cited above. Leaky roofs, falling cranes and a worker who dies on your jobsite is not the public image that any roofing company would want to have. Legal problems, OSHA violations, the poor treatment of their workers?

NU-TEC ROOFING? THINK AGAIN!


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