Following an investigation of a worker death, OSHA found that contractors were aware of the deadly hazards at their construction site and allowed crews to continue construction work, reports EHS Today.
Carlos Moncayo, 22, was killed when the 14-foot-deep trench in which he was working collapsed and buried him to death.
General contractor Harco Construction LLC and subcontractor Sky Materials Corp., did not provide cave-in protection for the trench or support or brace a section of undermine and unsupported sidewalk to from collapsing into the trench.
Officials from both companies were indicted for manslaughter, among other charges in New York State Supreme Court. In addition to the criminal charges, OSHA issued each employer two citations for willful violations of workplace safety standards and assessed fines of $140,000 – the maximum fines permitted – for each company.
According to EHS Today, Moncayo is one of 18 workers who have died on the job this year in New York.