Administrative judge has upheld OSHA citations and $249,000 in penalties against New York contractor for scaffold hazards at a Manhattan hotel construction site even though the violation was by a subcontractor. In September 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Flintlock Construction Services LLC of Mamaroneck, New York, for willful and serious violations after finding that the company failed to protect employees working on scaffolds from potentially fatal falls of up to 26 feet. Flintlock contested the citations but Chief Administrative Law Judge Covette Rooney upheld the proposed penalties of $249,920: "This was a clear case of an employer knowingly placing its employees at risk of deadly or disabling injuries caused by the number one killer in construction work - falls. Judge Rooney's decision upholds our findings and reiterates an important fact: Employers cannot ignore their legal responsibility to safeguard their employees and adhere to workplace safety standards," said Robert Kulick, OSHA's regional administrator in New York.
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