Anyone who follows safety trends knows that construction and industrial accidents are resulting in criminal charges in more and more cases. Safety professionals are well aware of the power that OSHA and other agencies have to cite and fine companies for violations. But add these terms to the list: Manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment.
Those are the charges that a Manhattan District Attorney is leveling against a foreman and a superintendent who were in charge of a city construction site where a worker died. Investigators say an inspector had warned the company that a 13-foot deep trench needed shoring. The warning was allegedly ignored and it caved in on a 22-year old worker named Carlos Moncayo, burying him alive.
There is a good article on the accident here, but even more striking is the TV news story that goes with it. The sight of supervisors walking into court in handcuffs as the reporter describes “a construction site that turned into a crime scene” is striking.
It once again brings home how important it is to make sure that supervisors and managers understand the regulations and have the power to make sure things are done safely. The only guaranteed defense is the prevent the accident from happening in the first place.
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