As construction accident attorneys in New York City, our commitment lies in ensuring the safety and well-being of workers in the construction industry. We are dedicated to upholding the rights of workers who have suffered due to the negligence of employers. A recent case highlights the importance of enforcing safety regulations in construction and the consequences faced by a New York contractor for willfully exposing employees to dangers that led to a fatal trench collapse in Brooklyn in 2018.
In September 2018, a horrific trench collapse in Brooklyn resulted in the tragic death of a worker. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched an investigation into the incident, revealing shocking negligence on the part of the contractor, WSC Group LLC. The OSHA investigation found that WSC Group LLC had willfully failed to provide an adequate protective system for employees working in the trench. This negligence exposed workers to serious excavation hazards that ultimately led to the worker’s death. The gravity of the situation was undeniable, and OSHA issued citations against the company.
WSC Group LLC, however, chose to contest OSHA’s citations before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The case took an unexpected turn when the Kings County District Attorney’s office pursued a criminal case against the company’s owner, Jiaxi “Jimmy” Liu. In March 2023, Liu was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and other charges related to the trench collapse.