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Fatal construction accident in Meatpacking District was avoidable, OSHA says

On April 6 of this year, the collapse of a 14-foot-deep trench at a construction site in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District took the life of 22-year-old Queens resident Carlos Moncayo.

In an investigation by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), it was revealed that Moncayo’s employer, Sky Materials Corp., and general contractor, Harco Construction LLC, failed to provide cave-in protection to be used in the trench or to brace any part of the sidewalk to prevent a collapse. OSHA cited willful safety violations for both companies on October 5 and proposed a total of $280,000 fines.

Both companies have been given fifteen days to act on OSHA’s decision, in which time they will have to decide whether they will comply with the citation and penalty or contest the decision before OSHA’s review commission.

OSHA’s Manhattan area director Kay Gee said of Moncayo, “His death was completely avoidable… This unconscionable behavior needlessly and shamefully cost a man his life.”

If you have been hurt in a construction accident in New York, speak with our legal team at Hach & Rose, LLP to pursue a claim to compensation against the negligent parties responsible for your injuries. Call us today at 866-LAWS-USA.

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