OSHA cites builder in NYC collapse that killed 1

May 21, 2012 - 4:35 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — 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.