OSHA Cites Builder in Brooklyn Collapse That Killed 1

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited SP&K Construction Monday with 11 safety violations

Monday, May 21, 2012  |  Updated 5:29 PM EDT
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Brooklyn Building Collapses, Trapping Workers

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Brooklyn Building Collapses, Trapping Workers

A building that was under construction in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, collapsed suddenly Tuesday, trapping construction workers.
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Federal officials say a New York City contractor didn't ensure a building under construction was stable before it collapsed and killed a worker and hurt four others last fall.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited SP&K Construction Monday with 11 safety violations. The Brooklyn-based company didn't immediately return phone or email messages.

The company could face more than $77,000 in fines.

SP&K was working on a project in Brooklyn's Brighton Beach section when three floors collapsed as concrete was being poured Nov. 8.

OSHA says the building's structural frame wasn't properly braced and the exterior walls weren't aligned correctly, among other problems. The agency also says the scaffolding on the building wasn't sufficiently braced.

The city Department of Buildings issued nine violation notices to SP&K shortly after the collapse.

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