Statement from NYCOSH on Carlos’ Bill Passing NY State Assembly

Statement from NYCOSH on Carlos’ Bill Passing NY State Assembly

Carlos’ Bill, sponsored by Assemblymember Francisco P. Moya passed the Assembly on 6/21/17. The bill, named in honor of worker Carlos Moncayo, who was killed in a preventable cave-in on a Harco Construction job site in 2016, would dramatically increase the maximum fines for companies and contractors convicted of felonies from the current preposterously low amount of $10,000 to as much as $500,000, and it would also establish the new crime of Endangering the Welfare of a Worker.

NYCOSH applauds the Assembly and urges the Senate to pass this bill. Criminal contractors, corporations, bosses and supervisors must face real consequences for risking workers’ lives. Those that make the decision to place speedy work and profits above workers’ lives must be prosecuted and held accountable for these crimes, which result in too many preventable deaths on the job.