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Friday, October 31, 2014
Sun Valley contractors face fines
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Andrew Hackmack/Herald
The builders of a new housing complex in Valley Stream were cited for allowing workers to operate too close to power lines, according to OSHA.

Also in December, the Long Island Power Authority notified OSHA about possible electrical hazards at the site.

Vordonia, which OSHA listed as the general contractor for the project, was issued three citations and faces a fine of $145,530. Masonry Services was issued 13 citations and is being fined $181,280, while North Eastern Precast was hit with 12 citations with fines totaling $138,600.

The contractors can contest the violations. Jonathan Farrell, a Mineola attorney handling the case for Vordonia, said that is the route the company will likely take, and emphasized that the complaints are only allegations.

“Vordonia and Alma vehemently dispute the accuracy of the allegations themselves,” Farrell said. “Vordonia, Alma and the other companies are entitled to present their side of the story to an independent judge, who will ultimately determine what is true and accurate, and what is not.”

He said that the companies also dispute the labeling of the violations as “willful” or “serious,” and called the proposed fines excessive.

The alleged incidents did not involve any employees of Vordonia or Alma, Farrell explained. “Is it also important to remember there were no accidents or injuries involved on the project,” he said, “in contrast to the dire tone of the press release.”

He added that the companies would work with OSHA to ensure the safest possible workplaces moving forward.

“Worker safety is paramount,” said Mike Sullivan, an attorney for the Alma Realty Corp. “They have the expectation that the rules will always be followed.”

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