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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

OSHA Fines NJ Contractor For Hanger Collapse at Newark Airport

OSHA fines CATCO Demolition Services $49K for the violation
Employer name: Catanzaro & Sons Enterprise, doing business as CATCO Demolition Services
10 Gregory Drive, Montville, New Jersey
Site: Newark Liberty International Airport, 14 Brewster Road, Newark, New Jersey
Citations issued: On Feb. 24, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration ’s Parsippany Area Office issued a citation for one willful violation.
Investigation findings: OSHA’s inspection began Sept. 9, 2015 after United Airlines Hanger No. 14 at Newark Liberty International Airport collapsed during demolition. Inspectors determined CATCO Demolition Services deviated from an approved demolition plan and made unapproved cuts to several I-beams, weakening the structural members of the hangar as employees worked inside the hangar. OSHA cited CATCO for this hazard.
The employer has 15 business days from receipt of the citation and proposed penalty to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Proposed penalty: $49,000
Quote: “By not following the approved demolition plan, CATCO Demolition Services left its employees vulnerable to unnecessary risk,” said Kris Hoffman, director of OSHA’s Parsippany Area Office. “Employers must provide employees with a safe working environment; anything less than that is unacceptable.”