Contractor suspended after DOB finds company put workers lives at risk

The Department of Buildings has suspended the registration of general contractor Ideal Builders and Construction and its construction superintendent, Fazal Hassan.

DOB’s action prevents Ideal from working as a general contractor and Hassan from working as a construction superintendent in New York City.

Last week, a floor collapse at a construction site operated by Ideal and supervised by Hassan trapped three workers, resulting in serious injuries.

Hassan and Ideal Builders and Construction have been issued 14 public-safety-related violations over the last two years.

While no injuries were reported to DOB on Ideal/Hassan sites prior to last week’s accident, DOB determined that the conditions that led to these previous violations – coupled with the recent collapse – demonstrate that Ideal and Hassan pose an unacceptable risk to workers and the public.

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“Cutting corners on the job site and improperly loading excessive weight on the third floor caused the collapse that pinned three workers last week,” said Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler, PE.

“Mr. Hassan and his firm neglected their duties on this and other construction sites and showed disregard for the lives of workers and the public. Bad actors in the construction industry need to get the message: the City will not tolerate those who endanger people’s lives.”

On June 20, Ideal and Hassan were acting as the general contractor and construction superintendent, respectively, for a project to add another floor to an existing building at 31-25 28th Road in Astoria, Queens.

Following a delivery of construction materials, the building’s third floor collapsed, seriously injuring three workers.

Investigators determined that the collapse occurred because Hassan allowed multiple pallets of cinderblocks and other heavy construction materials to be loaded on the newly-built third floor – which was constructed without adequate structural supports and without first getting an engineer’s assessment of the floor’s structural stability, as is required under the city’s Construction Codes.

The weight of the construction materials caused the floor to collapse through the second and first floors into the building’s basement, trapping the workers.

DOB also found that Hassan was supervising more than 10 jobs for Ideal, the maximum allowable number under the law.

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