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Manslaughter Charges for Two in NYC Trench Cave-in Case

from New York Daily News

From Aug. 19: "If you see something, say something." That applies to CoMET field representatives, too, especially when it comes to construction safety. What happens when you don't say anything; when, allegedly, you just don't care? Wilmer Cueva and Alfonso Prestia are learning the answer: Both face charges of criminally negligent homicide, manslaughter, and reckless endangerment following the Manhattan construction-site death of 22-year-old Carlos Moncayo. According to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., repeated warnings about safety hazards at a Ninth Avenue construction site were issued in the months, weeks, and even minutes before a trench collapsed. Vance noted that, on the day Mr. Moncayo was crushed to death, an independent engineer working for Domani Inspection Services saw the young man and others in a 13-foot-deep, unshored trench. The inspector told Prestia and Cueva that the workers had to get out immediately. Prestia did so, about an hour later, but he spoke English; the workers only understood Spanish. more

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