Excavation Supervisor Convicted in Death of Worker at Meatpacking Site
MEATPACKING DISTRICT — The excavation supervisor on site when a young worker was killed at a Ninth Avenue construction site last year was convicted of criminally negligent homicide on Friday, authorities said.Wilmer Cueva, 51, had been warned multiple times the morning of April 6, 2015, before the excavation pit he was supervising at 9-19 Ninth Ave. caved in and buried one of his own employees alive.
The employee, 22-year-old Carlos Moncayo, was crushed to death in a 14-foot trench that was not properly supported, investigators said.
Moncayo’s death prompted the city to form a construction task force led by Assistant District Attorney Diana Florence of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, in collaboration with the city’s Department of Investigation.
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