Construction Companies Charged With Manslaughter in Worker Death

August 6, 2015

Two contracting companies and two of its employees were indicted in the death of a worker who was buried by debris, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Carlos Moncayo, an undocumented immigrant from Ecuador, was killed when a 13-foot-deep construction trench he was digging collapsed around him, according to WSJ.

Sky Materials Corp., an excavation subcontractor, and its foreman Wilmer Cueva of Elmwood Park, N.J.; and Harco Construction LLC, a general contractor, and its senior superintendent Alfonso Prestia, of Westchester, N.Y., were charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment of 22-year-old Moncayo.

He died after the companies and on-site supervisors ignored safety warnings, including an inspector who urged the companies to stop construction work the morning of the accident, said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. as he announced the indictments.