A New Jersey general contractor admitted in federal court to knowingly violating health and safety standards leading to the death of a worker, the U.S. Department of Justice reported Thursday.
Derico Ferreira, owner of Newark-based Trustworthy LLC, pleaded guilty to intentional violation of OSHA standards by failing to provide fall protection to employees who installed a roof on a two-story building.
In October 2016, while Ferreira and four workers were working on the roof. in the home, one of the workers – who had no fall protection at the time – fell and died of his injuries. The company had no guardrail installed and did not provide personal fall protection to its workers on the roof, according to court documents.
If the court accepts Ferreira's appeal agreement, the company will be tried for five years, ordered to pay approximately $ 300,000 in compensation to the worker's property, and follow specific training procedures and other conditions to improve safety.
The sentencing is scheduled for September 1