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January 20, 2004
OSHA  cites 11 contractors for alleged safety violations
Proposes Over $83,000 in Penalties

Eleven construction contractors working on a project at 100 Morton Street in Manhattan have been cited for alleged serious and repeated safety violations by the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Compliance officers from the agency's Manhattan office inspected the job site as part of a "local emphasis program" in the New York City area aimed at eliminating fall hazards in the construction industry. They found workers at the site were exposed to a variety of hazards, including unguarded wall and floor openings; unguarded stair wells, building sides and roof edges; uncovered floor holes; lack of personal protective equipment and hazard communications training; electrical hazards; and unsafe ladders and scaffolding.

"It's fortunate that no workers were killed on this construction site," said Richard Mendelson, OSHA's area director in Manhattan. "Left uncorrected, the hazards we found could easily lead to tragedy."

Citations were issued to the following employers:

Employer and Type of Citation Proposed Penalties 
R & R Architectural Aluminum Products, Inc., Yonkers, NY — two serious violations — $ 1,800 
Spieler & Ricca Electrical Co., Inc., Long Island City, NY — two serious & one repeat — $ 5,200 
Transel Elevator &Electric, Inc., New York, NY — three serious & one repeat — $15,200 
New Town Corp., Mount Vernon, NY — one repeat violation — $ 3,200 
On—Par Contracting Corp., Mount Vernon, NY — two serious & one repeat — $14,000 
Kings County Waterproofing Corp., Brooklyn, NY — one serious & two repeat — $ 3,300 
Eagle One Roofing Contractors, Inc., Astoria, NY — two serious & one repeat — $ 4,800 
DCM Erectors, Inc. AKA: Solera/DCM, New York, NY — three serious & one repeat — $13,200 
Madison Fire Protection, LLC, Floral Park, NY — one serious & one other—than—serious — $ 450 
MD Carlisle Construction Corp., New York, NY — five serious — $ 5,000 
Century Maxim Construction Corp., Port Chester, NY — five serious & one repeat — $17,200 
TOTAL: $83,350 

A serious citation is issued when death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew, or should have known. A repeat violation occurs when a company has been cited for similar violations within the past three years and the citation has become a final order.

Workers or employers seeking more information about the local emphasis program to prevent falls at construction sites may call 212-620-3200. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is dedicated to saving lives, preventing injuries and illnesses, and protecting America's workers. Safety and health add value to business, the workplace and life.