Construction Company Cited in Fatal Poughkeepsie Wall Collapse

ALBANY – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Onekey LLC, a construction management and development company, for exposing employees to crushing hazards after a concrete block retaining wall collapsed at a Poughkeepsie worksite, according to a news release by U.S. Department of Labor.

The company faces $281,583 in proposed penalties.

OSHA opened an inspection in August 2017, and found that the retaining wall was not designed or approved by a registered engineer. Its collapse led to the death of an employee of New Generations Masonry, a Connecticut-based subcontractor, and injuries to another employee. Onekey LLC, based in New Jersey, was also cited for failing to train employees to keep a safe distance from the wall and soil pile, and failing to provide proper fall protection.

“This incident should have been prevented,” said OSHA Albany Area Office Director Robert Garvey. “Establishing and maintaining effective construction safeguards, and providing adequate employee training are crucial to protecting employees from serious or fatal injuries.”

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.

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