A man who lives in a Dartmouth highrise says he frequently sees roofers without safety gear on as they build a new subdivision nearby.

Roy Galloway said he's alerted the Workers Compensation Board several times in the last three years, but never received a call back until Tuesday.

On May 9, a roofer named Shaun McInnis fell to his death in Clayton Park. McInnis was wearing a safety harness but it was not secured to an anchor point.

Galloway said that story has prompted him to speak to the media about his concerns.

"That really got to me," he said. "I've watched this entire subdivision, all the housing being built and the roofs being put on, with workers not wearing any safety harnesses at all or safety ropes."

Galloway is encouraging others to report safety concerns, and ensure the safety of the workers.

The Department of Labour said there has been an increase in safety reports since McInnis died. His mother, Linda McInnis, spoke out last week, calling for more workplace inspectors and an increase in the number of inspections.

Inspectors arrive


Galloway is worried more roofers will be hurt if safety rules aren't enforced. (CBC)

In Clayton Park, a public complaint prompted a visitor from the provincial Department of Labour and Advanced Education on Tuesday to a site where Dean Macumber was working.

"I've had eight to nine guys working for me now for 20-some years and never had a guy with an injury so it's all paying attention to what you're doing," he said.

Macumber's team put their gear on, but he said the inspector agreed that the workers in the middle of the roof didn't have to wear the harnesses.

"He already agreed with me that's more of a hazard with the guys tripping over the ropes so it's no problem."

In the meantime, Galloway said he will continue taking pictures of sites he believes are hazardous in hopes of making the industry safer.