Brighton Beach condo collapse draws OSHA fines

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OSHA has cited SP&K Construction, a Brooklyn contractor, for safety violations in connection with a fatal structural collapse in Brighton Beach. The accident, which killed one worker and injured four others, occurred Nov. 8, 2011.

Federal safety inspectors say that the condominium building was poorly constructed and inadequately braced when workers began pouring concrete on the fourth and fifth floors. The fourth and fifth floors collapsed onto the third, which also gave way. Some workers fell as far as 40 feet and were buried in rubble.

Co-workers dug by hand through the debris to free the injured employees. The worker who died survived the fall, but suffered a fatal heart attack later that day.

OSHA cited SP&K for inadequate bracing, poor training and inspection practices and lack of fall protection in levying the fines of $77,880.

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