Read the city inspections department’s statement on the North End incident that left a woman severely injured

"These violations led to the operation of an unsafe and dangerous worksite."

The roof of a building is where a piece of metal fell and struck a woman Thursday in the North End.
The roof of a building is where a piece of metal fell and struck a woman Thursday in the North End. –Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe

City inspection officials announced Friday they will cite a contractor that was working on a North End rooftop when a piece of metal fell and struck a woman, severely injuring her.

In a statement, the Inspectional Services Department, or ISD, said it will issue violations to Corolla Contracting for its worksite at 47 Commercial Wharf East, where the work “exceeds the terms of the permit issued.”

“These violations led to the operation of an unsafe and dangerous worksite,” the officials said.

Additionally, ISD has issued stop work orders for the project as well as six others that are currently under the Winthrop-based company’s supervision, according to the department.

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A woman in her 30s suffered serious injuries Thursday when a metal railing fell and hit her around 8:28 a.m.

The woman, who has not been identified, was listed in critical but stable condition that afternoon.

“Immediately after learning of this incident, building officials were on scene to review the structural integrity of the property, including the interior and exterior of the building,” inspection officials said in Friday’s statement. “With that investigation now being complete, building officials have determined that the site was not properly contained.”

In May, Corolla Contracting received a permit to remove and replace a rubber roofing system on the five-story building, according to ISD.

The company does not have any outstanding Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, violations and has not received any violations from the City of Boston in the last five years, according to ISD statement.

“The permit issued allows for the removal and replacement of a rubber roof, however building inspectors noted that a deck was removed without the proper permits,” the statement says. “Additionally, violations were issued for failing to indicate the placement of lumber on the permit application.”

Each of the sites that Corolla Contracting is currently supervising will be inspected “to ensure they are properly contained until further notice,” officials said.

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Corolla Contracting could not be reached for immediate comment Friday afternoon.

In a statement to The Boston Globe Thursday before the violations were announced, a lawyer for company said the contractor was one of two companies working at the North End site.

“Everyone at Corolla Contracting, Inc. is profoundly saddened by today’s accident and send their sympathy to the woman injured and to her family,” the statement said. “The company will continue to fully cooperate with the investigation of this tragic accident.”

According to the newspaper, the company was cited for eight OSHA safety violations in the last nine years, five of which were considered serious.

Read ISD’s full statement:

Friday – July 26, 2019 – The Inspectional Services Department (ISD) today provided an update related to the industrial incident that took place at 47 Commercial Wharf East on Thursday, July 25, 2019.

An active permit to remove and replace a rubber roofing system was issued by ISD to Corolla Contracting on May 30, 2019. A copy of that permit is attached. Corolla Contracting does not have any outstanding violations with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and they have not received any violations from the City of Boston in the past five years.

Immediately after learning of this incident, building officials were on scene to review the structural integrity of the property, including the interior and exterior of the building. With that investigation now being complete, building officials have determined that the site was not properly contained.

As a result, ISD will be issuing violations to Corolla Contracting due to the following findings:

The work currently being done at 47 Commercial Wharf East exceeds the terms of the permit issued by ISD. The permit issued allows for the removal and replacement of a rubber roof, however building inspectors noted that a deck was removed without the proper permits. Additionally, violations were issued for failing to indicate the placement of lumber on the permit application. These violations led to the operation of an unsafe and dangerous worksite.

ISD has issued a stop work order for 47 Commercial Wharf East, in addition to six additional worksite currently supervised by Corolla Contracting. Each site will be inspected to ensure they are properly contained until further notice.

ISD does not issue permits or licenses for the use of cranes on any site in the City of Boston. Cranes are licensed and inspected by federal and state agencies, specifically OSHA and the Department of Public Safety.