A construction company owner was indicted for manslaughter after the death of an employee at a Coney Island construction site in April of 2015. The employee was smoothing concrete on the sixth floor of the worksite when he reached the edge and fell to his death. He was not wearing a harness, nor was fall protection installed as required by OSHA and the New York City Building Code. Salvatore Schirripa, the owner of the construction company, was indicted for failing to adhere to safety regulations after four warnings and citations given to him since 2011 from OSHA and the New York City Department of Buildings for failing to provide effective fall protection. Schirripa pleaded “not guilty” to charges including second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, falsifying business records and violation of the workers’ compensation law. He’s expected back in court Sept. 7 and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
“A hardworking man died tragically and unnecessarily because proper safety measures were not taken to protect his life.” – Brooklyn DA, Ken Thompson