Central Pa. roofing company charged for child labor law violations


A Perry County roofing company has been charged by the Department of Labor and Industry with violations of the Child Labor Code.

The complaint, filed by the Department of Labor and Industry, charges Samuel Lapp with hiring two youths to work on two-story rooftops in Dauphin County.

Lapp, the owner of S&L Roofing, Gutters and Siding, is accused of employing minors in the roofing trade and allowing them to work multiple shifts and longer hours.

Pennsylvania’s child labor law prohibits children from working in jobs it defines as dangerous, such as roofing.

The Child Labor Act also restricts youth under the age of 15 to jobs such as golf caddies, newspaper deliverers, youth sports officials, performing arts, on farms or as domestic workers.

Lapp also failed to keep accurate employee records, according to the Ministry of Labor and Industry.

In total, Lapp faces 18 counts in connection with the employment of minors in dangerous conditions in three jurisdictions. According to the Department of Labor and Industry, each count could result in a $500 fine.


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