Company cited in fatal building collapse
A Long Island, New York construction company faces nearly a quarter of a million dollars in penalties in the death of an employee who was killed when a building he was working on collapsed.
OSHA issued willful and serious citations against Northridge Construction Corp., with proposed fines of $224,620.
The incident occurred in December 2018, when a structure collapsed during installation of roof panels on a shed. OSHA inspectors determined that the company:
- failed to provide fall protection and protective helmets
- did not ensure the structural integrity of the roof, and
- misused a ladder.
“Fall-related fatalities are preventable if employers use required fall protection systems, such as guardrails or personal fall arrest systems,” said OSHA Long Island Area Director Anthony Ciuffo. “OSHA standards are legal requirements that every employer must follow to ensure workers are protected from serious injuries.”
Northridge Construction has contested the citations and proposed penalties to the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.