20/05/2022

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Boston contractor, owner charged with perjury related to jobsite deaths

A Massachusetts district attorney indicted Atlantic Coast Utilities, alongside with its operator, Laurence Moloney, and an personnel, Konstantinos Kollias, for perjury on Nov. 30.

The Wayland, Massachusetts-based contractor allegedly lied on Mattocks-Higgins Affidavits of Workplace Safety, in accordance to a push release from the workplace of Suffolk County District Legal professional Rachael Rollins. The forms have been on file when the company secured permits to function on a Substantial Avenue jobsite in Boston, wherever two staff had been killed in February 2021.

Atlantic Coast Utilities was indicted on four counts of perjury, and Moloney was indicted on a few counts. Kollias, an worker, was indicted on 1 count. The Mattocks-Higgins Affidavits are employed to ascertain any earlier violations by a business, and irrespective of whether the firm was in the OSHA Intense Violator Enforcement System. 

The district attorney’s office alleged that the corporation, Moloney and Kollias, beneath soreness of perjury, submitted the Mattocks-Higgins Affidavits to the city of Boston declaring that the firm had under no circumstances been cited by OSHA for fines, when in fact it experienced been issued citations by the place of work basic safety company on September 8, 2016, and all over again on June 3, 2019, according to the district attorney’s office.  

The firm submitted the affidavits 4 moments claiming that it experienced no historical past of OSHA violations. Moloney submitted these varieties three instances, on 3 separate dates, when Kollias submitted the affidavit on a single occasion. Each and every submission of the kind lead to a perjury indictment.

The two workers, Jordy Alexander Castaneda Romero, 27, and Juan Carlos Figueroa Gutierrez, 33, were killed when a dump truck struck and pushed them into a 9-foot-deep excavated trench on the Higher Road jobsite. OSHA initially fined the enterprise and Moloney $1.3 million. Moloney experienced recurring violations and a background of evading OSHA fines, according to the agency.

Since 2001, Moloney has been investigated 6 occasions and fined an extra 14 periods, according to a Office of Labor push launch from August. Prior to this February, Moloney had $81,242 in fines, of which $73,542 was unpaid and has been referred to financial debt collection, in accordance to the release.