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Long Island contractor to pay $144K, improve safety after US DOL probe.

Long Island construction contractor to pay $144K, enhance compliance following US Department of Labor investigation, litigation

Settlement agreement follows employee’s death in East Patchogue

An East Patchogue construction contractor, Northridge Construction Corp., has agreed to pay $144,000 in penalties and implement enhanced compliance actions and policies to improve workplace safety following a stipulated settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor. This agreement comes after the tragic death of an employee on December 8, 2018, in East Patchogue due to fall hazards.


On June 5, 2019, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Northridge Construction Corp. for willful and serious violations related to fall protection, struck-by, and electrical hazards. The employee fell 12 feet while walking on the roof panels of a partially completed structure, prompting the investigation and subsequent legal actions.

Enhanced Compliance Measures

As part of the settlement agreement, Northridge Construction Corp. is required to implement several enhanced compliance measures to ensure the safety of its employees and subcontractors. Some of these measures include:

  • Conducting pre-job hazard assessments and using daily safety inspection checklists for all jobs.
  • Providing OSHA 30-hour safety training for forepersons and OSHA 10-hour safety training for all field employees.
  • Enforcing safety planning, training, and inspection requirements for subcontractors.

Importance of Workplace Safety

Workplace safety is paramount in the construction industry, especially when it comes to preventing falls, which are among the deadliest hazards. By implementing proper safety measures, such as supplying and requiring the use of fall protection equipment and providing adequate training, employers can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and injuries on construction sites.


While no settlement can undo the loss of a worker’s life, it can lead to improved practices and procedures that could save others from similar fates. It is crucial for construction companies to prioritize safety and compliance to create a safe and healthy work environment for all employees.

For more information on OSHA regulations, fall protection in construction, and protecting roofing workers, visit the official OSHA website. Stay informed and stay safe!

Reference: Long Island construction contractor to pay $144K, enhance compliance following US Department of Labor investigation, litigation

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