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OSHA cites IPI and its contractor, AM Group LLC, for safety violations

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THE Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Imperial Pacific International and its construction contractor, AM Group LLC, for safety violations following an accident in which three workers were hurt after a scaffolding collapsed on Jan. 10, 2020, Variety learned.

One of the three workers sustained 1 ½ inch laceration on the head while the other two sustained minor injuries.

Variety tried to obtain a copy of OSHA’s inspection report and narrative about the incident through a Freedom of Information Act request, but Collen Furutani, OSHA-Honolulu program analyst, stated that the case is “still under investigation and that’s the reason no information may be released at this time.”

IPI and AM Group LLC were cited for safety violations separately. The case status is still “open,” OSHA stated.

“The…inspection has not been indicated as closed,” it added. “Please be aware that the information shown may change, e.g. violations may be added or deleted. For open cases, in which a citation has been issued, the citation information may not be available for five days following receipt by the employer for federal inspections or for 30 days following receipt by the employer for state inspections.”

In a previous statement, IPI said it would fully cooperate with OSHA and the Department of Public Works in investigating the cause of the incident.

Variety failed to get a statement from AM Group LLC which is owned by Li Wu, also known as “Leo.”

Information from OSHA also showed that AM Group LLC was cited in Nov. 2019 for two
safety violations and was fined for it.

IPI likewise was cited in Nov. 2019 for safety violations regarding a wiring design and was also fined for it.

Variety has asked the Commonwealth Casino Commission how it is addressing the safety concerns raised by some of the workers at the casino construction site in Garapan.

As of press time Wednesday evening, Variety had not received a response from the commission.

Workers got paid

On Saturday, local construction workers employed by AM Group LCC said they received their salary a day after staging a peaceful protest over the delay in the release of their paychecks.

But one of the workers, who requested anonymity, said they are unsure if they will get their salary on the next payday.

Last month, IPI announced that it had temporarily close its casino in Garapan in line with the CNMI government’s containment measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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