Region 2 News Release: NY 213
November 22, 1999
Contact: Chester J. Fultz
WOODBURY, NEW YORK, STUCCO CONTRACTOR CITED BY OSHA FOR ALLEGED REPEAT SAFETY VIOLATIONS ON PROJECT IN HUNTINGTON, NEW YORK; $125,100 IN PENALTIES PROPOSED
The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Crescent Installations, Inc., 150 Woodbury Road, Woodbury, New York, and proposed penalties of $125,100 against the firm for six alleged repeat violations and one alleged serious violation of OSHA standards. The company has until December 13 to contest the citations.
According to OSHA area director Anthony DeSiervi, the action results from an investigation conducted from May 21 to November 19 after an OSHA compliance officer en route to another inspection observed employees working without fall protection on a scaffold at an office building at 855 Jericho Turnpike in Huntington, New York, where the firm was doing stucco work.
As the result of the investigation, the firm was cited for the following alleged repeat violations:
- failure to provide guardrail system or personal fall arrest system;
- failure to provide adequate cross bracing on scaffolding;
- failure to provide an access ladder to reach the working level;
- failure to fully plank the working level;
- failure to provide protective headgear;
- failure to train employees in the recognition and avoidance of construction worksite hazards and the applicable OSHA standards.
A repeat violation is one for which an employer has been previously cited for the same or a substantially similar condition and the citation has become a final order of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
"Crescent Installations has a significant history with OSHA, including six other inspections since July of 1994, and was previously cited for the violations alleged in this action in Hicksville and Holbrook, New York in 1994; in Seaford and Islandia in 1997; and in Hempstead in May and July of this year," DeSiervi noted. "There is no excuse for this employer to repeatedly violate these very basic employee protections."
The alleged repeat violations carry a total proposed penalty of $123,000.
The firm was also cited for not providing falling-object protection on the working level of the scaffold while other employees were on the level below without protective headgear, an alleged serious violation carrying a proposed penalty of $2,100. A serious violation is defined as a condition which exists where there is a substantial possibility that death or serious physical harm can result.
The investigation was conducted by OSHA's Long Island area office, located at 1400 Old Country Road, Suite 208, Westbury, New York, telephone (516) 334-3344.
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