A Niagara Falls construction site where a North Carolina man fell to his death last year has once again drawn attention from federal safety inspectors.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Friday slapped $86,000 in additional fines on DEC Management, the Georgia-based company that has been involved in the on-again, off-again construction of a new Holiday Inn Express at 1011 Niagara Falls Blvd.

OSHA officials say the company failed to correct on-site hazards cited during a safety inspection conducted by their department last August.

“One life has been lost in a fall at this job site,” said Arthur Dube, OSHA’s area director for Buffalo. “This employer’s ongoing failure to supply and ensure basic safeguards leave these employees continually exposed to the No. 1 killer in construction work.”

Work on the hotel’s construction was temporarily halted last November when 53-year-old construction worker August Corviso of Garner, N.C., died when a pre-cast concrete panel shifted and fell 25 feet to the ground. The incident also caused leg injuries to fellow worker, 54-year-old Thomas Szczerbacki of Niagara Falls. Construction was allowed to resume on site a few weeks later. City inspectors later shut the project down again to allow for changes in structural design.

Guy Bax, director of the city’s inspections department, said the last stop work order issued by the city has been lifted and the site is currently active.

According to OSHA, the department first cited and fined DEC Management $2,100 in August of 2007 for failing to implement a fall protection program and adequate fall protection training to employees. OSHA officials said a follow-up inspection determined that the company had failed to adequately respond to the department’s initial findings, resulting in the issuance of two failure to abate notices carrying $84,000 fines. In addition, OSHA said the follow-up inspection revealed a new fall hazard, resulting in the issuance of a “serious” citation which carries a $2,000 fine. According to OSHA, “serious” citations are issued in cases when “death or physical harm is likely to result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known” about.

DEC Management has 15 business days in which to respond to the latest violations.

Telephone calls seeking comment from Ken Lofstrand, the project architect and site superintendent, were not returned Friday.

Following the fatal incident on Nov. 8, OSHA fined DEC Management $40,000 for various fall hazards. OSHA officials said the inspection to verify the correction of those hazards opened Jan. 16 is ongoing.

State Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, who earlier this year held a press conference with local union leaders to call for further investigation into the conditions at the work site, called OSHA’s decision a positive development, but said he’s hopeful more investigations will follow, including, perhaps, one by the Niagara County District Attorney’s office.

“I think for the owner to pay the fines is one thing, but I think we’ve got to the bottom of why this unsafe workplace was allowed to operate for such a long time,” he said.

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