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How the Death of Two Boston Construction Workers Could Have Been Prevented: A History of Company Safety Violations

Losing a loved one in the workplace is devastating and tragic. Unfortunately, for some families, it is hard to get the answers they need to move on.

At Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, PC, our Boston wrongful death attorneys understand how the sudden loss of a loved one causes more questions than answers. When you need compassionate, trusted counsel, turn to the dedicated personal injury firm, Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, PC.

How Negligence Allegedly Costes the Lives of Two Boston Construction Workers?

Jordy Alexander Castaneda Romero, 27, and Juan Carlos Figueroa Gutierrez, 33, were struck by a dump truck in February. The truck knocked the two men in an excavated hole where they had been repairing sewer lines. Information is slowly being released with ongoing investigations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration began a new safety inspection one day after the accident.

Atlantic Coast Utilities, the company that employed Romero and Gutierrez, is owned and operated by Laurence M. Moloney, who has a history of workplace infractions, current investigations, and other legal disputes, including;

  • Four drivers have been cited for operating commercial motor vehicles without a proper license since 2017, 2 of which did not possess a license in the United States
  • OSHA is currently inspecting Atlantic Coast Utilities and Advanced Utilities for health and safety, both of which are owned and operated by Moloney
  • OSHA has investigated Atlantic Coast Utilities for alleged workplace safety violations in 2016 and 2019
  • Moloney owned and operated another company, Shannon Construction, and plead guilty to failing to pay workers a prevailing wage and overtime in 2008

After the deaths of Romero and Gutierrez, Boston found that Moloney did not disclose his multiple workplace infractions when applying for the recent construction on High Street. The offenses likely would have disqualified Atlantic Coast Utilities from doing work in Boston.

How Can a Wrongful Death Attorney in Boston Help?

According to the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, there have been 15 workplace fatalities so far this year, including eight from construction. The comprehensive report, “Dying for Work,” was released on the 32nd observance of Workers’ Memorial Day and shed light on occupational injuries and fatalities;

  • 137 workers lost their lives on the job or from injuries sustained at work in 2019
  • Comparatively, 78 lost their lives in 2020 when the pandemic shut down most occupations
  • Injury statistics from the last reporting year show more than 64,700 occupational injuries and illnesses

At Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, PC, our Boston construction accident lawyers have helped numerous injured workers. If you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries due to dangerous worksite accidents, consult with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys today. We can help you with your workers’ compensation claims and third-party claims.

Protect Your Rights and Call Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, PC, Today

If you have lost a loved one in a workplace accident and suspect negligence, Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, PC, are here for you. We have a deeply compassionate team who can help you find the answers you need. Our Boston wrongful death attorneys know these claims are not about money. Instead, they serve to hold negligent parties accountable and to prevent the same mistakes claiming other lives.

Turn to Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, PC, and schedule your free consultation today. You can by clicking here or calling 617-917-3917. Our experts are standing by.

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