NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — “Utterly unqualified” workers were hired to sign off on safety logs at dozens of New York City construction sites, authorities said Wednesday.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced that two companies and seven people have been indicted on charges that include grand larceny, fraud and forgery.
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The city’s Department of Investigation launched a probe of 400 construction sites after a Department of Buildings inspector discovered a log supposedly signed last summer by a safety manager who had died a month earlier, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.
Investigations then found that Avanti Building Consultants hired untrained workers off Craigslist and similar websites who previously worked as dishwashers, hairdressers, hotel bellhops and short-order cooks, designated them as “interns” and then had them go to construction sites and forge safety logs, said Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters.
Vance said he found false sign-offs at 40 sites. In some cases, no inspections were even performed, 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported.