The New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings has fined a New Jersey construction firm $25,000, more than 15 months after a falling wall killed one of its workers in Arverne by the Sea, the Queens Daily Eagle has reported.
The published report also says the NYC Department of Buildings issued more than a dozen other violations to the site’s general contractor and construction superintendent, with OATH hearings scheduled for late December.
Construction site manager Jose Martins, 67, died in July 2019 when he was crushed by a piece of a building near Beach 67th Street. Martins, from Warren, NJ, was working with a team building a 126-apartment complex at 68-04 Tides Road.
The city fined the company Extreme Construction Inc. $25,000 for failing to make sure laborers were certified to perform hoisting operations at the work site, The Eagle reported, adding that the firm did not respond to phone calls and emails seeking comment.
A DOB inspector reported that a rigging crew forcibly moved a 3,100-pound panel suspended by a crane on the fourth floor, slamming it into an existing panel that was temporarily fastened to the floor. The temporarily fastened panel fell on Martins and killed him, the agency wrote in its August 2019 accident report.
DOB said Martins was directing the work but was not certified to perform that duty,