Salvatore Schirripa, owner of J & M Metro General Contracting Corp. and Metrotech Development Corporation in Bensonhurst, has been indicted for second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, second-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree charges related to falsifying documents, and violations of workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance laws. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.
The district attorney said Vidal Sanchez-Ramon, 50, was smoothing concrete without harnesses or any fall protection as required by the New York City Building Code on the sixth floor of a worksite on Coney Island when he fell to his death on April 1, 2015.
This is the fourth time Schirripa has been cited for not providing personal safety equipment nor fall protection support on worksites. In fact ,i n September 2011, December 2011, April 2013 and August 2014 Schirripa did not put up protective fencing on his multistoried buildings until forced to do so by OSHA and New York City's Department of Buildings. Schirripa has been fined at least $84,000 in the last year.
This latest incident in April 2015, Schirripa had visited the worksite a few days prior to the accident and saw that the wire able fence was positioned incorrectly, forcing the workers to step outside the fenced area without harnesses.
Schirripa is also charged with failing to contribute to the Unemployment Insurance Fund, as required by law, for the second quarter of 2015.