OSHA – Meatpacking District fatality ‘completely avoidable’

Carlos Moncayo and the Restoration Hardware site at 9-19 Ninth Avenue (credit: New York District Attorney’s Office) - TheRealDeal.com

Carlos Moncayo and the Restoration Hardware site at 9-19 Ninth Avenue (credit: New York District Attorney’s Office) – TheRealDeal.com

According to a report released this week by OSHA the death of the 22 year-old worker from Queens, Carlos Moncayo, was ‘completely avoidable’.  Moncayo was buried alive when the 14 foot deep trench he was working in for a new Restoration Hardware collapsed.

An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that the project’s general contractor, Harco Construction LLC of New York City, and Moncayo’s employer, subcontractor Sky Materials Corp., of Maspeth and Calverton, did not provide cave-in protection* for the trench or support or brace a section of undermined and unsupported sidewalk to prevent it from collapsing into the trench.

OSHA issued each employer two citations for willful violations of workplace safety standards on Oct. 5. Proposed fines total $280,000 – $140,000 for each company – the maximum allowable fines under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. A willful violation is committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

The report also points out the eighteen New York City construction workers have died on the job this year. “That is an unacceptable toll,” said Robert Kulick, OSHA’s regional administrator in New York. “Construction work hazards are well-known, and so are safeguards to prevent deaths and injuries. Employers must provide a workplace that allows employees to return home safely at the end of each workday.”

Original News Article: Man Dies in Trench NYC

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