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Construction workers face real danger every day on the job. That is the case even with so many state and federal laws being on the books to help protect their safety. Construction workers can face job sites that are dangerous by accident or oversight as well as through deliberate action.

The temptation to save money by cutting corners on safety is too great to resist for too many construction company owners. Even with the threat of possible serious criminal charges like manslaughter, the owners of construction companies still put workers lives at risk over and over again.

Will Criminal Charges Increase Safety On Construction Sites

A construction company owner is facing manslaughter charges for conduct that allegedly contributed to a worker's fatal fall while pouring concrete on the sixth floor of a construction project last year. Violations included:

  • Lack of safety harnesses
  • Failing to have safety fencing properly installed

The owner was also accused of submitting false verification in regards to workers' compensation and unemployment insurance requirements.

When Even Criminal Charges Are Not Sufficient Deterrent Against Violating Safety Standards

Construction workers deserve to be able to pursue their trades with the assurance that their safety is a priority. Hopefully, the fact that construction business owners face the possibility of criminal charges as severe as manslaughter charges will be enough to force them to forego the quick buck of cutting corners with safety on the job site.

Workers who feel that their safety is not being taken seriously, can bring their concerns to the attention of the Department of Buildings, the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York and OSHA.

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