Brooklyn Contractor Cited for Fall Hazards After Fatal Collapse

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited a Brooklyn contractor for multiple safety violations following a structural collapse that proved fatal. The contractor, SP&K construction, was erecting a building in Brighton Beach when several floors collapsed.

As concrete was being poured on the third and fourth floors, the front bays of the third through fifth floors collapsed. This Brooklyn construction accident  resulted in the death of one worker and serious injuries to several others.

OSHA found several deficiencies within the structure including: inadequate bracing, the structure was laterally unstable, exterior walls were improperly aligned, c-joists were not properly secured and nails were used in places where screws were required to secure steel decking.

Moreover, employees were not given fall protection training when workers were exposed to 10-40 foot falls. The scaffolding was also not inspected by a qualified individual, and was not properly braced.

“This employer clearly knew the steel erection was incorrect and unstable which led to the death of one worker and the hospitalization of four others,” explained the OSHA area director for Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.

The Brooklyn contractor was cited for 11 violations with proposed penalties of $77,880. The violations include: a willful violation for lack of structural stability; eight serious violations for deficiencies in fall protection, training and inspections; and other violations involving improper logging of injuries and illnesses.

SP&K Contruction has 15 days to respond to OSHA’s citations. They may either comply with the citations or contest them before an OSHA Review Commission.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA Regional News Release, May 21, 2012.