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Region 2 News Release: 12-150-NEW/BOS 2012-021
Feb. 6, 2012
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2074
Email: Fitzgerald.edmund@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Manhattan contractor for
safety hazards after worker falls 80 feet at Brooklyn work site

NEW YORK – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Navillus Contracting Tile Inc. for alleged repeat and serious violations of safety standards at a work site located at 2738 86th St. in Brooklyn. The Manhattan-based masonry contractor was cited following a Sept. 28, 2011, incident in which an employee fell 80 feet to a lower level from the top of a 118-foot-high scaffold.

"This employee is fortunate to have escaped death, but what is unfortunate is that this fall occurred in the first place," said Kay Gee, OSHA's area director for Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. "It is effective scaffold maintenance, work practices and fall protection – not luck – that are essential to protecting workers against life-threatening falls."

An inspection by OSHA's Manhattan Area Office found that the scaffold platform was not fully planked and lacked guardrails, an aluminum access platform was not secured against displacement, another worker was not tied off to a safe anchorage point, and employees accessed work areas by climbing up and down the scaffold frames. These conditions resulted in citations for six serious violations, with $36,000 in proposed fines. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

One repeat violation with a proposed fine of $38,500 involves a lack of guardrails. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been