Companies charged in NYC construction safety scam

JENNIFER PELTZ

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

They allegedly used the names of licensed, trained 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 to sign real safety managers' names without their knowledge.

Avanti Building Consultants Inc., NYCB Engineering Group, three executives and a man accused of signing the logs have pleaded not guilty. The charges include grand larceny.

Their lawyers had no immediate comment.

Arraignments of three other alleged signers are forthcoming.