Out-of-State Contractors Fined $36k For Violating Workers’ Rights on West Hartford Site

Workers were on-site at the Westfarms Mall for 4 days following a “stop work order” from Connecticut Department of Labor.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo

The construction site at the Apple store in Westfarms Mall in West Hartford was a little more dangerous than usual this month. For four days workers were not covered by worker compensation, a legal requirement in Connecticut that ensures workers are protected against paying for workplace injuries.

And that lead to head contractor Dickinson Cameron Construction, from California, being fined $36,000, according to Nancy Steffens from Connecticut’s Department of Labor’s Communications Department. They have now paid the fine.

“Our first objective was to keep workers safe,” Sheffens explained to Patch in a phone interview.

Between June 3 and June 6 work continued on site, despite the Department of Labor having issued a “stop work order” on June 3 when their investigators found that neither the contractor nor the two sub-contractors had worker compensation. There were no worker injuries reported during the period, according to the Department of Labor.

The Department of Labor subsequently met with Dickinson Cameron Construction and the two sub-contractor Blue Water Glass, from Michigan, and Excel Construction, from DC. They will continue to monitor the site, Steffens said.

None of the contractors have responded to requests for comment.

Scott Cowden June 13, 2014 at 07:26 PM
All contractors are thieving crooked bastards.
Catherine & Dennis June 13, 2014 at 08:32 PM
Love it. Once again out of state workers. How's the CT Union feeling about this? Standing up for those that have fulfilled their promises to you? And State workers-Malloy sold his home no doubt in anticipation of a move to the DC Metro area. Is he hedging bets with both Hillary and O'Malley? Think your pensions will go with him? Still voting deep blue? Glad at least the Dept of Labor is doing as they should
Ray Petersen June 14, 2014 at 08:45 AM
I'm sure Apple didn't want to delay work on their store, so they probably told the workers to go ahead and break the law and add the amount of the fine to our bill. I'm sure the $36,000 extra was just considered "a cost of doing business" and the fact that they broke the law didn't concern them. Apple's blatant disregard for basic human rights, including their use of slave labor in China, is one of the reasons I will not use any of their products. Also, their arrogance as a company turns me off - they have promoted (successfully) the idea that people just have to have their products. I wonder if they would have been as generous if one of the workers had a serious accident on the job, and paid all the medical bills?
Catherine & Dennis June 14, 2014 at 09:01 AM
Agree that the fine is not going to stop them. When Dollar Tree Distribution was built there were all sorts of noise violations (to name one issue of many) they got a $100 fine. If you ask me that spit right on the people that were already violated.


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