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OSHA citations follow NYC window-Washing scaffold collapse

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited two companies for workplace safety violations that led to the deaths of two window washers in Manhattan last December.

The workers fell 47 stories when their scaffolding platform detached from the window-washing rig attached to the building’s roof.

The workers’ employer, City Wide Window Cleaning, based in Richmond Hill, was cited. Also cited was Tractel Inc., of Long Island, which serviced the scaffold before the accident.

OSHA found that Tractel improperly installed the equipment used to secure the platform’s hoist ropes. Neither City Wide nor Tractel inspected the scaffold before it went into service the day of the accident. In addition, OSHA found the workers lacked safety harnesses and lifelines.

OSHA fined City Wide $24,000, and Tractel $21,000.

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