Manhattan DA Cy Vance

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Manhattan DA: Site Supervisors Face Charges In Harlem Crane Collapse

November 08, 2018 - 2:18 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Two construction site supervisors were charged with assault Thursday in what officials referred to as one of the worst safety violations in recent years.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. announced that Terrence Edwards, 39, and Timothy Braico, 41, were charged with assault and reckless endangerment.

Braico served as a manager and Edwards was the supervisor at a Harlem construction site when a mini crane collapsed in June, seriously injuring two workers. Both worked for Western Specialty Contractors.

“They ignored regulations, they ignored the specific warnings and they also lied, telling a supervisor at Western that they got the permit they needed when they had not,” Vance said.

The Manhattan DA advocated for stronger laws to protect workers and noted that a construction company which kills or maims one of its workers through misconduct, only faces a maximum fine of $10,000.