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Region 2 News Release: 11-1142-NEW/BOS 2011-283
Aug. 8, 2011
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074
Email: fitzgerald.edmund@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Maspeth, NY, sign company for safety
violations after workers exposed to fall hazards in Manhattan

NEW YORK – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited North Shore Neon Sign Co. Inc. for six alleged violations of workplace safety standards after an OSHA inspector observed workers exposed to fall hazards while repairing a sign at 4 S. Union Square in Manhattan. The Maspeth employer faces a total of $42,350 in proposed fines.

On May 2, an OSHA inspector observed that one employee was working on a scaffold that lacked a guardrail system while another employee was accessing the scaffold by climbing out of the elevated basket of an aerial lift. Neither employee was tied off to prevent a fall, and there was no ladder or other means of safely accessing the scaffold. Additionally, the employees were not wearing head protection and the lift's outriggers were improperly set, which could potentially cause it to tip over.

"These conditions exposed workers to potentially deadly or disabling falls of up to 12 feet to the concrete sidewalk below," said Kay Gee, OSHA's Manhattan area director. "Having effective fall protection in place and in use at all times is critical to avoiding needless accidents that can have devastating effects."

As a result of these conditions, OSHA cited the company for three repeat violations with $26,180 in proposed fines and three serious citations with $16,170 in proposed fines. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement