To ensure for the safety of construction workers and members of the general public, construction companies must be licensed and obtain the appropriate building permits. Additionally, construction employers must follow certain safety laws and regulations to ensure that work sites are as safe and hazard-free as possible.
To enforce these regulations, inspectors from the New York City Department of Buildings, including members of the Building Enforcement Safety Team, conduct regular safety inspections of work sites throughout the city. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for an inspection of a construction site to yield violations and related fines. However, most construction employers take swift action to both remedy any identified safety violations and pay the associated fines.
A recent and “unprecedented” move by the DOB proves that the agency takes safety very seriously and won’t tolerate the actions of construction employers who fail to do the same. The DOB recently informed Brooklyn-based general contractor, MRMD NY Corp. that its license is being revoked and that the agency is pulling “486 work permits,” at the contractor’s 433 job sites.
The decision to revoke the general contractor’s license came after the company failed to pay more than $868,000 in safety violation fines. Last November, the city and contractor worked out a payment deal which would have allowed the company to remain in operation. However, DOB officials contend that MRMD failed to abide by the terms of the repayment agreement and instead racked up additional fines in excess of $600,000.
When questioned about the matter, a MRMD representative insisted the company has been singled out and unfairly targeted by the agency. In response to the license revocation, the company has requested that the internal affairs division at the DOB investigate the matter.
Source: Politico New York, “Amid safety push, city revokes contractor license for unpaid fines,” Sally Goldenberg, Sept. 30, 2015