Safety Training Firm in New York Indicted

Feb. 29, 2024
Volar Security and Investigations tied to 2022 site fatality.

A New York company falsely certified construction workers in required safety training, according to an indictment filed by the Manhattan district attorney’s office. Valor Security and Investigations was also charged with recklessly endangering the life of Ivan Frias, a construction worker who died on the job in 2022.

The charges, reported in The New York Times (link requires registration), also include individuals in the company. Some were also charged with recklessly endangering; others were charged with enterprise corruption and criminal possession of a forged instrument, according to the report. Brokers who helped workers acquire safety training certification were also charged.

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Since 2021, construction workers in New York City who work at “major” construction sites must complete 40 hours of safety training. The training includes a course on fall prevention. According to the report, Frias was certified in the training but never took the course. He died when he fell from a scaffold. Although he was wearing a safety harness, the report said it was not tied to anything.

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