19/01/2022

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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 staff, Konstantinos Kollias, for perjury on Nov. 30.

The Wayland, Massachusetts-centered contractor allegedly lied on Mattocks-Higgins Affidavits of Office Security, according to a push launch from the workplace of Suffolk County District Legal professional Rachael Rollins. The forms were being on file when the business secured permits to function on a High Avenue jobsite in Boston, where by two personnel were killed in February 2021.

Atlantic Coastline Utilities was indicted on four counts of perjury, and Moloney was indicted on three counts. Kollias, an personnel, was indicted on one depend. The Mattocks-Higgins Affidavits are applied to identify any earlier violations by a company, and whether or not the firm was in the OSHA Intense Violator Enforcement Plan. 

The district attorney’s business alleged that the corporation, Moloney and Kollias, under soreness of perjury, submitted the Mattocks-Higgins Affidavits to the city of Boston boasting that the enterprise had hardly ever been cited by OSHA for fines, when in fact it experienced been issued citations by the office protection agency on September 8, 2016, and all over again on June 3, 2019, in accordance to the district attorney’s office.  

The organization submitted the affidavits 4 moments boasting that it had no record of OSHA violations. Moloney submitted these forms 3 occasions, on three separate dates, whilst Kollias submitted the affidavit on a single event. Every single submission of the variety guide to a perjury indictment.

The two workers, Jordy Alexander Castaneda Romero, 27, and Juan Carlos Figueroa Gutierrez, 33, have been killed when a dump truck struck and pushed them into a 9-foot-deep excavated trench on the High Street jobsite. OSHA originally fined the enterprise and Moloney $1.3 million. Moloney had recurring violations and a heritage of evading OSHA fines, in accordance to the company.

Since 2001, Moloney has been investigated six occasions and fined an added 14 instances, in accordance to a Department of Labor press launch from August. Prior to this February, Moloney had $81,242 in fines, of which $73,542 was unpaid and has been referred to personal debt collection, according to the release.