A report that two construction firms in New York City hired temporary workers off of Craigslist to perform fake safety inspections has not only scammed the construction safety system, but put lives in danger. According to the NY Daily News, the two firms were using cooks, busboys and waiters looking for extra cash to perform the inspections under the names of deceased safety agents – falsifying reports at about 40 job sites across the city.
Both firms were indicted on charges of fraud and larceny by the Manhattan District Attorney's office.
The fraud was discovered when an official Department of Buildings inspector noticed that safety logs at the building had been signed off on by a site safety manager who had passed away a month earlier.
This issue has brought to light the need for improved site specific safety plan development and strategy. Hiring on safety managers is half the equation, firms also need to optimize worker training and the equipment they are using to ensure the safety of employees and passers-by.
"[The firms in questions'] criminal conduct created potentially dangerous conditions for not only workers but the public," DOI Commissioner Mark Peters wrote, according to the news source.
Should any incidents have occurred at one of the many sites were falsified, the charges levied against the companies would have been far more severe.
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