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Slowing Down New York City’s Construction Death Toll

According to the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, there were around 17 deaths involving workers in New York City alone in 2015, of which, 15 belong to non-union workers.

In a somewhat historic case, Harco Construction LLC was convicted of several criminal charges including manslaughter, negligent homicide, and reckless endangerment on several counts when the collapse of a 13-foot trench killed undocumented immigrant Carlos Moncayo.

“Today’s guilty verdict should signal to the construction industry that managing a project from afar does not insulate a corporation or general contractor from criminal liability,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. “Construction companies are responsible for the safety of the individuals that work on their projects, regardless of union or immigration status.”

In relation to the rising number of fatalities, the City of New York has decided to dedicate $120 million in purchasing the latest construction technology, which includes the hiring of 100 new safety inspectors. This, on top of properly penalizing Harco for their negligence and setting an example for other companies, is supposed to improve the safety standards of construction companies in New York.

If you or someone you know has been wrongfully injured at a construction job and the company attempted to keep you quiet about it, there may be legal recourse. Contact an attorney with Hach & Rose, LLP where we work specifically with injured workers. Call us today at 866-LAWS-USA as soon as possible.


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