Federal Occupational Safety and Health and city Licenses and Inspections investigators are reviewing a serious injury at a non-union construction site near 18th and Montgomery that sent a Philadelphia worker to Hahnemann Hospital Tuesday.
The worker's employer, plastering contracter Darren McGee, referred my questions to his lawyer, who has not returned a call. McGee was fined a proposed $85,800 for "repeated" safety violations on a job at 1201 Latona Street, including "a lack of fall protection" and "no restraints/bracing," and again in November for $89,760 for violations at 274 Leverington Ave., OSHA spokeswoman Leni Fortson told me. McGee had "similar violations" in 2010 and 2011, OSHA said in a statement after the September violations. OSHA lacks authority in such cases to shut a contractor down, Fortson added.