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OSHA Fines Contractor in Fatal Sea Isle, NJ, Balcony Collapse

August 29, 2023

Via: ENR

A failure to properly stabilize a residential building balcony in Sea Isle, N.J. that later collapsed and improper securing of lifelines are among the findings of an investigation by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration into the fatal accident in February.

Construction worker Jose Pereira, 43, was killed when concrete debris from the eighth-floor oceanfront balcony fell onto one below. OSHA issued Ferguson Contracting Inc., the Yardley, Pa., project contractor and Pereira’s employer, five violations and more than $18,000 in proposed fines, the agency announced Aug. 23.

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