Gilbane Building Company is the general contractor at 200 East 59th Street, a 35-story condominium tower being developed by Macklowe Properties. One subcontractor hired to work at 200 East 59th Street is U.S. Crane and Rigging, one firm among a network of several crane, rigging and hoist companies run by Thomas Auringer and family. Workers at Auringer’s companies have repeatedly testified that they are subjected to rampant exploitation and abuses including wage theft, racism, discrimination, mistreatment, and frequent retaliation by supervisors. Auringer’s workers also allege extensive safety violations, a lack of proper safety training, and failure to provide workers with safe personal protective equipment, as required by law. These allegations are underscored by the Auringer firms’ history of serious accidents and safety violations.
Trade Off Construction Services is subcontractor on Gilbane Building Company jobs in New York City. Trade Off employees report unsafe conditions, haphazard practices and hard work for low pay. They say that employees start without training and work in many specialized fields, work at heights without adequate fall protection, and use dangerous machinery without any preparation. Workers claim that when they speak up about safety, Trade Off gives them an unpaid vacation.