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Garage Where Worker Drowned During Hurricane Sandy Fined a Little for ‘Serious Violations’

The New York City skyline and Hudson River are seen from Hoboken, NJ as Hurricane Sandy approaches on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Hurricane Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Photo: Charles Sykes/AP

Anthony Narh, a parking attendant at a fancy Tribeca building, was the only person in New York to die while on the job during Hurricane Sandy. Tragically, but unsurprisingly, an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration discovered “serious violations” at the garage, including three of four exit doors locked, the New York Times reports today. “The employer did not ensure that employees will be able to open an exit route door from the inside.” The one unlocked door was propped open — also against the rules. A lawyer for Empire Parking, owner of the garage, maintains there is “no evidence that [Narh] was working on the job when he drowned.” The company was fined $5,600 and
ordered “to correct the violations,” which feels too unfair for words.

‘Violations’ Where Worker Died During Sandy