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OSHA cites contractors for demolition, asbestos hazards after collapse



The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday that it is fining two contractors nearly $700,000 after a mezzanine platform collapsed at a former Boston power plant on May 5, causing a worker to lose his legs.

The incident, which occurred during demolition and asbestos abatement, also injured two workers.

OSHA said an inspection of NorthStar Contracting Group Inc. and the project’s Boston-based general contractor, Suffolk Construction Inc., found the employers failed to ensure adequate demolition and asbestos protection for their employees.

OSHA issued summonses to NorthStar Contracting for three willful violations, four serious violations and one non-serious violation of workplace safety standards. The agency proposed $399,864 in penalties. OSHA also issued two knowing and three serious citations to Suffolk Construction and proposed $292,1

16 in penalties.

Each company has 15 working days to contest the referrals.


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