A concerning record
Principals arrested in May of 2018, charged with stealing $1.7 million from workers
In May of 2018, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office arrested several Parkside principals and announced indictments stating that the company had stolen more than $1.7 million from about 520 workers on eight buildings. According to the District Attorney, despite tracking workers’ hours through facial recognition technology, Parkside supervisors intentionally wrote in fewer total hours on printouts that went to their payroll company, leading to workers’ hours being shorted and overtime not being paid.[i]
The company also allegedly avoided nearly $7.8 million in insurance premiums by fraudulently hiding $40 million in payroll from the New York State Insurance Fund.[ii]
Worker crushed to death by 8,000 pound concrete slab – part of extensive record of OSHA violations.
In September 2014, Park Side employee Rodalfo Vasquez-Galian was killed when an 8,000-pound concrete slab fell on top of him while he was working on the foundation of a hotel development project at 326 West 37th St.[iii] Following an inspection into the incident, Parkside was cited for 2 OSHA violations and fined $14,000.[iv]
In the seven months prior to Vasquez-Galian’s death, OSHA had already found serious safety violations during two other inspections at Park Side worksites. A February 2014 inspection at a Brooklyn jobsite led the agency to levy three serious violations against Park Side for inadequately protecting workers from falls and the risk of impalement on protruding rebar.[v] And an inspection in May at the very 37th Street project, where Vasquez-Galian would
later die, found a lack of appropriate eye and face protection for workers.[vi]
Overall, between 2014 and 2017, Park Side was cited for 14 OSHA violations, carrying $69,121 in fines.[vii]
The aftermath of the 2014 Parkside accident at West 37th St. that killed Rodalfo Vasquez-Gilian. Photo: Richard Perry/The New York Times
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[iii]"Concrete Slab Crushes Construction Worker in Midtown Manhattan," New York Times, September 23, 2016, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/24/nyregion/man-dies-in-construction-accident-in-midtown-manhattan.html
For evidence the slab was 8,000 pounds, see the OSHA inspection https://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/establishment.inspection_detail?id=996709.015
[v] Inspection Detail, Inspection No. 960310.015, OSHA IMIS, https://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/establishment.inspection_detail?id=960310.015. Note that the standards cited include 19260501 B02 I and 19260501 B04 I, which refer to "Duty to have fall protection"; and 19260701 B, which reads "All protruding reinforcing steel, onto and into which employees could fall, shall be guarded to eliminate the hazard of impalement."
[vi]Inspection Detail, Inspection No. 979577.015, OSHA IMIS, https://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/establishment.inspection_detail?id=979577.015. Note that the standard cited is 1926.102(a)(1), which reads, "The employer shall ensure that each affected employee uses appropriate eye or face protection when exposed to eye or face hazards from flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids or caustic liquids, chemical gases or vapors, or potentially injurious light radiation."