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Region 2 News Release: 10-1624-NEW / BOS 2010-480
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074
E-mail: fitzgerald.edmund@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Brooklyn, NY, contractor for steel
erection, fall and scaffold hazards after fatal worker fall at Brooklyn jobsite

NEW YORK – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Roth Metal Works, a Brooklyn steel erection contractor, for alleged willful and serious violations of workplace safety standards after an employee sustained a fatal fall at a Brooklyn construction site.

On May 27, Roth Metal Works employees were performing steel erection work on the top level of a six-story residential building under construction at 892 Bedford Ave. As a worker was attempting to connect a steel beam to form a balcony, the cantilevered steel beam section he was working on shifted, and he fell approximately 50 feet to the ground.

OSHA's inspection found that this section and other steel beams on the sixth-floor level had not been stabilized to prevent displacement during steel erection activities, thus exposing workers to the hazards of structural steel collapses and falls. The inspection also determined that the worker lacked fall protection, and that a scaffold lacking cross-bracing and a safe means of access had not been erected and moved under the supervision of a competent person.

"This case illustrates the ultimate cost a worker can pay when required protections are absent or disregarded," said Kay Gee, OSHA's Manhattan area director. "Had the proper steel erection and fall protection safeguards been in place, these hazards would not have existed, and this death would have been prevented."

As a result of its inspection, OSHA issued Roth Metal Works one willful citation for failing to