On April 1, 2015, V. Sanchez was working at a Brooklyn construction site
when he fell to his death. His fall was entirely preventable.
The 51-year-old laborer was working for Brooklyn-based J&M Metro General
Contracting Corp. raking freshly poured concreate at the unprotected edge
of a building under construction on the 6th floor before the fatal fall.
Upon inspection, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA) determined that Sanchez’s employer
had not provided him and his co-workers the required fall protection equipment,
such as lifelines and safety harnesses. Additionally, J&M failed to
train the men on minimizing fall hazards.
As a result of OSHA’s investigation, on Sep. 30, OSHA
cited J&M Metro General Contracting for willfully violating the lack of
fall protection, and for five serious violations involving other hazards.
Kay Gee, OSHA’s area director for Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens
said that Mr. Sanchez’s death could have been prevented by his employer.
Gee said that J&M knew that it was required to use fall protection,
but failed to supply the lifesaving equipment that would have prevented
OSHA’s inspection identified a series of fall-related hazards at
the construction site at 360 Neptune Ave. in Brighton Beach, including:
- Missing stairway guardrails,
- A defective extension ladder,
- Unprotected floor holes, and
- Construction debris located along stairways and work areas.
Robert Kulick, OSHA’s regional administrator in New York said that
too many workers die needlessly in falls every year, including nine employees
in New York City in 2015. Kulick said that we have to remind employers
that these are people, not numbers. Employers must use appropriate and
effective fall protection measures at all times, he added.
J&M Metro General Contracting could have to pay up to $84,600 in fines;
the company has up to 15 days from receiving the citations to comply,
meet with OSHA’s area director, or contest OSHA’s findings
before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Looking for an experienced New York workers’ compensationattorney? Call(888) 250-5427 today for a free case evaluation!