Construction fatalities up in New York state, down in NYC

In New York City, construction safety has a champion in Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., as well as in the Construction Fraud Task Force his office created. The task force goes after contractors that commit safety, wage and other violations and recently pressed criminal charges against two supervisors working on a Manhattan construction site after an accident involving a mini-crane.

The DA’s office alleged that Terrence Edwards and Timothy Braico of Western Waterproofing Co. Inc. — doing business as Western Specialty Contractors — allowed someone who had not been adequately trained to operate a mini-crane on an upper floor of the building that was under construction.

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