NYC construction firms accused of safety scam

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Associated Press

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 3 at 2:01 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities in New York City say two companies used cooks, hairdressers and bellhops to sign construction inspection logs.

The companies are accused of using the names of licensed site safety managers, including one who was dead.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and city Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters unveiled the case Wednesday.

Under city law, exterior work on buildings 15 stories or taller requires daily inspections by a licensed, private site safety manager. Prosecutors say the defendants had unqualified people sign safety managers' names without their knowledge.

Avanti Building Consultants Inc., NYCB Engineering Group and three executives have pleaded not guilty. So have four people accused of signing the logs.

The charges include grand larceny.

The case is prompting tighter oversight of safety managers' documentation.

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