The Department of Labor has come to an agreement with the Linden contractor after discovering that the company did not take necessary steps to prevent a deadly fall from a 5-story height at a work site in Bayonne.

The U.S. Department of Labor has reached a settlement agreement with Granite & Marble Services LLC, a New Jersey contractor, following a fatal fall at a Bayonne worksite in October 2023. The agreement comes after an inspection by the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was prompted by the Bayonne Police Department’s report of a worker’s death at a multi-unit residential building under construction.

During the inspection, OSHA found that a 39-year-old worker had fallen from the fifth level of the building after stepping onto an unsecured work platform to unload materials. The agency cited Granite & Marble Services LLC with four serious violations, including failure to secure the platform, provide fall protection, and obtain written approval from the telehandler’s manufacturer before using the platform. The company requested an informal conference with OSHA’s area director and ultimately reached a settlement agreement, which includes a $13,500 penalty, enhanced abatement measures, and the development of a safety program and fall protection plan.

OSHA Area Director Joseph Czapik emphasized the importance of protecting workers from fall hazards, which are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. He stated, “While this settlement cannot reverse the preventable loss of life, it goes a long way to ensure that Granite & Marble Services LLC will abate hazards and implement safety measures to stop another tragedy.”

In addition to the settlement with Granite & Marble Services LLC, OSHA also initiated an inspection of ARC NJ LLC, the general contractor at the Bayonne construction site. The company was cited for two serious violations and faces proposed penalties of $22,584. ARC NJ LLC has submitted a notice of contest to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1,069 construction workers died on the job in 2022, with 395 of those deaths related to falls from elevation. To prevent future tragedies, OSHA offers resources on its website, including safety information and video presentations in English and Spanish, compliance assistance resources, and recommendations for developing a safety and health program.  

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