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OSHA Cites Construction Contractor following Decking Collapse:


The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited a Holtsville, N.Y., construction contractor for repeat and serious safety violations following a March 29 decking collapse that injured a worker in Manhattan.

Inspectors have proposed fines totaling $58,410 against RNC Industries. OSHA said in a news release RNC Industries was building a deck on the second floor of the project when one of the workers stepped off a support beam that collapsed. The worker fell 15 feet to the ground.

Inspectors said the support system for the decking was improperly constructed and said support beams had been damaged and had not been inspected for defects. Workers also lacked fall protection and had not been trained to recognize and minimize fall hazards, OSHA said.

"This incident, and the resulting worker injury, would not have occurred had the support system been inspected and properly erected, and if the employees had been provided adequate fall protection and training," Kay Gee, OSHA's area director for Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, said in the press release.

OSHA issued the contractor one repeat citation for a lack of fall protection previously cited at an RNC Industries work site in the Bronx, N.Y.

RNC Industries has 15 business days to comply with the citations, meet with Gee or contest the findings to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Source: OSHA

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