The head of a construction company will be facing manslaughter charges in the death of a construction worker.
A construction worker fell six stories to his death last year while working on a Coney Island construction project. Salvatore Schirripa, 66, was charged with failing to adhere to safety regulations that could have saved the life of the victim.
Vidal Sanchez Ramon, the victim, was pouring concrete on the sixth floor of a commercial building when he fell off the edge of the structure. Ramon was an undocumented immigrant who was working to send money to his family in Mexico.
Schirrpa pleaded not guilty to the charges, which included second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, falsifying business records, and violation of workers' compensation law.
Building code requires that workers wear harnesses when working at an elevated height and that the site be equipped with protective fence. Neither were used with Ramon. Guardrails were installed at the site. However, they were three feet from the edge and concrete workers needed to step over the guardrail and pour concrete on the edge of the building.
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