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OSHA News Release – Region 2
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 2 News Release: USDL 04-770-NEW
Thursday, April 29, 2004
Contact: Kate Dugan
Office: (215) 861-5101
Contractors Fined More Than $119,000
MARLTON, N.J. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued citations to four contractors building the ten-story parking garage at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, N.J., following an investigation of the Oct. 30, 2003 garage collapse that killed four workers and injured 21.
Fabi Construction Inc., Egg Harbor Township, N.J.; Keating Building Corporation, Philadelphia, Pa.; Mitchell Bar Placement Inc., Sewell, N.J. and Site Blauvelt Engineers, Mt. Laurel, N.J. were fined a total of $119,500.
OSHA's investigation identified one alleged willful and eight serious violations of safety standards. The willful citation, with the maximum penalty of $70,000, was issued to concrete contractor Fabi Construction for failure to erect, support and maintain formwork capable of supporting, without failure, all possible vertical and lateral loads. Other violations cited include incorrect installation of reinforcing steel and shoring deficiencies.
OSHA issues a willful citation when an employer has shown an intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and regulations. A serious citation is issued 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.
The investigation was conducted by OSHA's Marlton office. The companies have 15 working days to contest the OSHA citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
The Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is dedicated to saving lives, preventing injuries and illnesses, and promoting the health and safety of America's workers. In fiscal year 2002, the most recent year for which data have been published, there was a 6.6 percent decline in work-related fatalities in the U.S. For more information visit www.osha.gov.
Violation Summary Attached
|Fabi Construction||Willful||Formwork not erected, supported, braced and maintained so that it would be capable of supporting without failure all vertical and lateral loads that may reasonably be anticipated to be applied to the formwork.||$70,000|
|Fabi Construction||Serious||Reinforcing Steel was not properly installed to allow floors to be secured to columns and sheer wall.||$7,000|
|Fabi Construction||Serious||Shoring plans were not available||$7,000|
|Fabi Construction||Serious||No inspections of shoring and re-shoring prior to and during concrete pour.||$7,000|
|Fabi Construction||Serious||Shore heads not in firm contact with foundations and forms.||$5,000|
|Fabi Construction||Serious||Proper test not performed to determine if concrete gained sufficient strength.||$2,500|
|Keating Building Construction||Serious||Formwork not erected, supported, braced and maintained so that it would be capable of supporting without failure all vertical and lateral loads that may reasonably be anticipated to be applied to the formwork.||$7,000|
|Mitchell Bar Placement||Serious||Reinforcing steel and welded wire mesh not properly installed to allow floors to be secured to columns and sheer wall||$7,000|
|Site Blauvelt Engineers||Serious||Inspectors did not ensure that reinforcing steel was installed properly||$7,000|
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