Construction safety bill dramatically increases fines for worker injuries, deaths

A new construction safety bill the state Legislature passed Thursday will significantly increase the fines companies face following injuries to or the deaths of construction workers on their sites.

The bill is known as Carlos’ Law and is named after 22-year-old construction worker Carlos Moncayo, who died in April 2015 after being buried alive in an unsecured trench at a construction site in the Meatpacking District.

The bill gets rid of the current caps on fines and restitution companies face after a construction worker is killed or injured on the job. Fines would now range from a minimum of $500,000 to a maximum of $1 million for felonies

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