Hard Rock Hotel Collapse Nets Proposed Fines of More Than $315k from OSHA

Nancy Grover

New Orleans, LA (WorkersCompensation.com) – The deaths of three workers and injuries to 18 others has resulted in stiff fines against companies named in the Hard Rock hotel collapse in New Orleans. OSHA specifically cited Heaslip Engineering LLC, Citadel Builders LLC, and Suncoast Projects LLC doing business as Hub Steel, along with eight subcontractors as responsible parties for last October’s partial collapse of the building under construction.

“OSHA’s investigation determined that Heaslip Engineering LLC failed to adequately design, review or approve steel bolt connections affecting the structural integrity of the building, and issued one willful violation for the failure,” the agency said in a statement. “OSHA cited Citadel Builders LLC, the site’s general contractor, for three serious violations related to inadequate egress from the structure. OSHA cited steel erector contractor Suncoast Projects LLC, for failing to maintain structural stability of building and cited other subcontractors onsite for serious violations related to emergency egress training, inadequate egress, fall hazard training and safety hazards. Collectively, the companies face $315,536 in penalties.”

The proposed penalties for the three main firms included:

  • Heaslip — $154,214
  • Suncoast, dba Hub Steel — $37,191
  • Citadel — $28,338

The companies have until May 12 to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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