One construction company was forced to pay nearly $60,000 in federal fines after it was found at fault in a collapse of decking at one of its job sites earlier this year.
According to New York Newsday, RNC Industries LLC was maintaining that construction site at W. 116th St. in Manhattan earlier this year and officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that the company was at fault for keeping an unsafe workplace.
In March, one worker at the construction site stepped on an unstable beam and fell about 15 feet to the ground. He was seriously injured in the incident and this was one of several construction site accidents that resulted in injuries earlier this year in New York. Newsday reports that RNC Industries must pay $58,410 in fines to OSHA for several safety violations
OSHA says RNC Industries used damaged support beams at the construction site. The company also failed to construct a proper support system. Further, it failed to test for safety the support system that it did build. RNC Industries also failed to properly protect its workers from falls such as the one taken by a company employee on March 29, and it also failed to properly train workers to avoid falls.
This is not the first time that RNC Industries has been in trouble with OSHA, Newsday reports. Back in 2010, the company was also fined for failing to protect workers from falls and failing to train them to avoid falls. The company was fined more than $23,000 then for those violations; it took on additional OSHA fines this time because it was a repeat violation.
Based on our reports, construction accidents and serious injuries resulting from them are becoming more commonplace in New York. City officials are increasingly strained and have not been performing regular safety inspections at construction sites, instead allowing site owners to “self-police” themselves and their sites for safety.