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Region 2 News Release: 12-1140-NEW/BOS 2012-120
June 21, 2012
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: 617-565-2075
Email: fitzgerald.edmund@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Flushing, NY, contractor for fall and
electrical hazards at Manhattan work site, proposes more than $94,000 in fines

NEW YORK –The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Core Continental Construction LLC for 13 alleged violations of workplace safety standards at a work site located at 390 Eighth Ave. in Manhattan. The Flushing contractor faces a total of $94,380 in proposed fines, chiefly for electrical and fall hazards, following an inspection by OSHA's Manhattan Area Office.

OSHA found several hazards similar to those cited in 2008 and 2010 following inspections of Core Continental Construction work sites in Flushing and Manhattan. These recurring conditions include employees exposed to falls of 15 feet to the sidewalk from a scaffold not fully planked and lacking fall protection, as well as electric shock hazards from exposed electrical panels, and the use of frayed and ungrounded extension cords to power a tile cutter.

These conditions resulted in the issuance of citations with $71,280 in fines for six repeat violations. 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 states within the last five years.

"The recurring nature of these hazards is disturbing, especially given their potentially lethal nature," said Kay Gee, OSHA's area director for Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. "A fall or an electric current can end a worker's career or life in seconds. Proper and effective safeguards must be maint