A federal agency hit three construction firms with penalties totaling $313,500 today for alleged safety violations leading to the collapse of a tower crane that killed seven people on Manhattan's upper east side last March.
Three Contractors Fined in March Crane Collapse
The citations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration named the general contractor, Reliance Contractors Group, the crane erector, Rapetti Rigging Services, Inc., of Massapequa Park, N.Y., and the concrete subcontractor on the project. Joy Contractors Inc., of Elizabeth, N.J.
The charges ranged from failure to properly train employees about job site hazards to allowing fire, falling and other hazards to exist. OSHA said Rapetti had failed to comply with the crane manufacturer's specifications when erecting and raising the steel tower, and to provide for protection against workers falling. One of its employees was killed.
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