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OSHA fines Formica $121,000 for worker death

The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administrationfined Staten Island contractor Formica Construction $121,000 on May 28 in relation to a fatal demolition accident that occurred in November of last year, the New York Daily News reported.

On November 28, Delfino Velazquez was crushed by a mezzanine floor due to the contractor’s violation of several safety rules, including the failure to arrange a pre-demolition engineering survey of the area to measure the stability of the building. Other violations included failing to train workers to recognize risky situations and tearing down load-bearing walls before an upper floor.

This is Formica’s second time to be involved in allegations of safety violations in the workplace, with Formica owner Kenneth Formica previously pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide after another worker, 39-year-old Lorenzo Pavia, was buried alive in a trench that suddenly collapsed in 2007. Formica spent 16 weeks in prison.

Velazquez’s daughter, Monica, said at a recent union-led press conference at City Hall that Formica should never have been able to resume business after the first worker death.

If you or someone close to your heart has been hurt in a construction accident in New York, whether as a worker on a construction site or a passerby, you can count on the legal help of our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP. Call our offices today at (212) 779-0057.


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