Region 2 News Release: 12-1140-NEW/BOS 2012-120
June 21, 2012
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
US Labor Department's OSHA cites Flushing, NY, contractor for fall and
electrical hazards at Manhattan work site, proposes more than $94,000 in fines
NEW YORK –The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Core Continental Construction LLC for 13 alleged violations of workplace safety standards at a work site located at 390 Eighth Ave. in Manhattan. The Flushing contractor faces a total of $94,380 in proposed fines, chiefly for electrical and fall hazards, following an inspection by OSHA's Manhattan Area Office.
OSHA found several hazards similar to those cited in 2008 and 2010 following inspections of Core Continental Construction work sites in Flushing and Manhattan. These recurring conditions include employees exposed to falls of 15 feet to the sidewalk from a scaffold not fully planked and lacking fall protection, as well as electric shock hazards from exposed electrical panels, and the use of frayed and ungrounded extension cords to power a tile cutter.
These conditions resulted in the issuance of citations with $71,280 in fines for six repeat violations. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.
"The recurring nature of these hazards is disturbing, especially given their potentially lethal nature," said Kay Gee, OSHA's area director for Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. "A fall or an electric current can end a worker's career or life in seconds. Proper and effective safeguards must be maintained on all job sites at all times."
Citations with $23,100 in fines were issued for seven serious violations, including additional electrical hazards as well as a lack of scaffold and ladder safety training, access to the scaffold's work area, a scaffold base and head protection. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
In April, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced a campaign to provide employers and workers with lifesaving information and educational materials about working safely from ladders, scaffolds and roofs in an effort to prevent deadly falls in the construction industry. In 2010, more than 10,000 construction workers were injured as a result of falling while working from heights, and more than 250 workers were killed. OSHA's fall prevention campaign was developed in partnership with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and NIOSH's National Occupational Research Agenda program. More information on fall protection standards is available in English and Spanish at http://www.osha.gov/stopfalls.
Core Continental Construction has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint, or report workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency's Manhattan office at 212-620-3200.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.
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