BRIGHTON BEACH - The owner of a Bensonhurst construction company has been indicted on second-degree manslaughter charges in connection with the death of one of his workers.
Salvatore Schirripa, the owner of J&M Metro General Contracting Corporation, was charged with manslaughter for allegedly not adhering to regulations to ensure the safety of his employees.
The fatal accident happened in 2015 at a construction site on Neptune Avenue in Brighton Beach. Vidal Sanchez-Ramon was smoothing concrete along the edge of a building when he fell six stories to his death. He wasn't wearing a harness or any other safety gear, which is required by New York City building code.
According to District Attorney Ken Thompson, Schirripa received four violations from 2011 to 2014. He was ordered to immediately provide guardrail systems and handrails to protect workers from falls. The DA says he needs to pay for his negligence.
Schirripa is due back in court Sept. 7. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.