Last year 22 year old Carlos Moncayo died in a construction accident in New York. The young worker was crushed to death by a collapsing wall on the site of the former Pastis restaurant in the Meatpacking district, in lower Manhattan, NYC. Prior to the accident, Harco, the contractor, had been warned by an independent engineer that the construction site was unsafe and that it should be closed. The contractor refused and Carlos died. (See previous blogs here and here)
A coalition of 22 groups including District Attorney Vance and then Building Trade Employers’ Association (BTEA) are asking the judge to impose the maximum sentence on Harco. Harco was found guilty of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment by Judge A. Kirke Bartley. The D.A. Also requested that the contractor pay for an advertising campaign to promote worker safety this fall in New York.
Read more in the Real Deal
Yesterday Harco was ordered by the judge to conduct a public campaign promoting safety but a lawyer for the construction company said that the company refuses to do so. The lawyer added that it was an illegal sentence” in violation of the company’s First Amendment rights. Read more in the NY Daily News