New York Man Charged With Obstructing Investigation Into Fatal Construction Incident

December 1, 2023

A federal grand jury has indicted Richard Zagger, of Blue Point, New York, charging him with conspiracy and obstruction of an investigation into a fatal construction accident, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The four-count indictment alleges that Zagger was a supervisor for Northridge Construction Corp., located in East Patchogue, Long Island, New York. On Dec. 8, 2018, Zagger was overseeing employees of Northridge constructing a metal shed on the Northridge property. During the construction, one of the employees fell from the improperly secured shed roof and died.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigated the employee’s death and violations of worker safety standards. Among other worker safety standards, OSHA regulations require maintaining the stability of a metal structure at all times during construction.

The indictment alleges that during the investigation, Zagger made false statements and conspired with others to make false statements to obstruct the federal agency’s inquiry.

An indictment is merely an allegation and Zagger is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The maximum penalty for the conspiracy count and each obstruction count is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the economic gain to the defendant or loss suffered by the victim because of the crime.

Source: Department of Justice

Topics New York Construction

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