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Region 2 News Release: 14-1246-NEW/BOS 2014-121
July 7, 2014
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald      Andre J. Bowser
Phone: 617-565-2075      617-565-2074
Email: fitzgerald.edmund@dol.gov      bowser.andre.j@dol.gov

Employees at Brooklyn demolition site faced potentially fatal falls
US Demco of Brooklyn cited for willful, serious safety violations by OSHA

NEW YORK – Workers demolishing a three-unit, three-story residential building in Brooklyn's Prospect-Lefferts Gardens section were exposed to potentially fatal falls due to their employer's failure to provide and ensure the use of lifesaving fall protection. As a result, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed $45,200 in penalties against Brooklyn contractor US Demco of Brooklyn Inc. for one willful and seven serious violations of workplace safety standards.

"Falls remain the leading cause of death in construction work. Yet, on at least two occasions, an OSHA inspector discovered US Demco employees working on the second- and third-floor levels without fall protection, even though US Demco had knowledge of this deadly and avoidable hazard," said Kay Gee, OSHA's area director for Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.

I worked construction for 10 years before my fall. It shattered my body and my livelihood. Work safely. Use the right equipment. Safety Pays. Falls cost. www.osha.gov/stopfalls/

OSHA's inspection identified other fall hazards at the 50-54 Clarkson Ave. location, including missing guardrails for planking used by the employees to access different sections of the second- and third-floor levels, and the failure of a competent person-one with