Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Builder Indicted in Brooklyn; His Lawyer Says Construction Accidents 'Routine' in NYC

A Brooklyn grand jury has indicted a builder for manslaughter. The builder, William Lattarulo, dismissed his contractor to save money, even though he had no experience contracting himself.

Though his workers warned him repeatedly about problems such as a faulty foundation and possible underpinning of the building next door, he kept repeating, "Don't worry about it." One of his workers was buried alive while digging the foundation when the house next door collapsed into it.

His lawyer says the case should be dismissed: "Construction accidents happen in New York City as a matter of routine."

The New York Times has more details.

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