2011-06-22 / Front Page

Queens Contractors Cited In Building Collapse

By Liz Goff

Federal regulators recently cited three Queens contractors for multiple safety violations following an investigation into a construction accident that left a 26-year-old worker dead and three others seriously injured in Elmhurst on January 10.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Sing Da Corporation, H-Rock Corporation and Vera Construction, Inc., for serious violations of workplace safety standards, following an investigation into the January 10 accident at a job site at 85-02 Queens Blvd.

Construction crews at the site were working on a one-story cinder block wall measuring 65-feet long and 20-feet high when workers began pouring concrete, authorities said. The wall collapsed, releasing scaffolding and sending workers into the rubble.

Four men were taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center where the 26-year old worker was pronounced dead on arrival. Three other workers, including the brother of the man killed in the accident, were treated for fractures, trauma and other serious injuries.

OSHA slapped the companies with a total of $116,312 and gave them 15 business days to meet with an OSHA director to contest the findings, authorities said.

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