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Trial Begins in East Village Gas Explosion That Killed Two

A construction scheme to service high rent tenants created a virtual bomb, causing the 2015 gas explosion in Manhattan’s East Village that killed two people, injured 19 others and leveled three buildings, prosecutors said Monday during the start of trial. …

Ohio Employer Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter After Worker Dies in Fall Off Roof

An Ohio construction company owner has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter after a worker lacking safety equipment fell to his death from the roof of a three-story apartment complex. Owner James Coon, of Akron, also recently pleaded guilty in Summit …

OSHA Proposes Nearly $1.8M in Fines After Roofer’s Death in Maine

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed nearly $1.8 million in fines for a Maine roofing contractor after an employee died in December. An OSHA spokesman told the Portland Press Herald that the fine against Shawn Purvis is …

Family of Maine Roofer Who Fell Files $2.5M Wrongful-Death Suit

The family of a Maine roofer who died in a fall has filed a $2.5 million wrongful-death suit against his employer. The Portland Press Herald reports that Alan Loignon’s family says Saco-based contractor, 44-year-old Shawn D. Purvis, discouraged the use …

Prosecutor Says Limo Company Operator Knew of Vehicle Problems in New York Crash

Prosecutors say the limousine company operator charged in connection with an upstate New York crash that killed 20 people was aware of prior passenger complaints about the ill-fated vehicle and had even refunded fares. In a document filed last week …

Home Improvement Contractor in Maine Charged with Manslaughter

The owner of a home improvement company charged with manslaughter following the death of a worker is set for a court hearing. The Portland Press Herald reports the arraignment of Saco-based contractor, Shawn D. Purvis, is scheduled for May 20 …

Landlord in Maine Fire That Killed Six Begins Jail Sentence

The owner of a Maine apartment where six people died in a fire has begun serving his jail sentence for a safety code violation. Fifty-two-year-old Gregory Nisbet reported to Cumberland County Jail Wednesday. He was sentenced to serve a three-month …

New York Construction Company Owner Indicted for Manslaughter

The owner of a Bedford-Stuyvesant construction company and his businesses have been indicted on manslaughter and other charges after a wall collapsed at an excavation site, killing one construction worker and injuring two others. “Construction site deaths such as his …

Driving Drunk: Bishop Who Killed Cyclist in Maryland is Denied Parole

A former Episcopal bishop who struck and killed a cyclist in Baltimore, Md., while driving drunk will remain in prison after the Maryland Parole Commission rejected her plea for early release. Heather Cook, once the second-highest-ranking Episcopal leader in Maryland, …

Atlantic Drain Cited for 18 Violations in Massachusetts Trench Collapse

Robert Higgins and Kelvin Mattocks died on Oct. 21, 2016, in Boston, Mass., when the approximately 12-foot deep trench in which they were working collapsed, breaking an adjacent fire hydrant supply line and filling the trench with water in a …