February 4, 2023

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Boston contractor, owner charged with perjury related to jobsite deaths

A Massachusetts district lawyer indicted Atlantic Coastline Utilities, along with its proprietor, Laurence Moloney, and an staff, Konstantinos Kollias, for perjury on Nov. 30.

The Wayland, Massachusetts-based mostly contractor allegedly lied on Mattocks-Higgins Affidavits of Workplace Security, according to a push launch from the business of Suffolk County District Legal professional Rachael Rollins. The varieties were being on file when the enterprise secured permits to work on a Significant Street jobsite in Boston, exactly where two personnel had been killed in February 2021.

Atlantic Coastline Utilities was indicted on four counts of perjury, and Moloney was indicted on 3 counts. Kollias, an worker, was indicted on a person rely. The Mattocks-Higgins Affidavits are applied to determine any earlier violations by a enterprise, and no matter if the organization was in the OSHA Significant Violator Enforcement Software. 

The district attorney’s business office alleged that the business, Moloney and Kollias, below pain of perjury, submitted the Mattocks-Higgins Affidavits to the metropolis of Boston professing that the organization had hardly ever been cited by OSHA for fines, when in reality it experienced been issued citations by the place of work security agency on September 8, 2016, and once more on June 3, 2019, according to the district attorney’s office environment.  

The firm submitted the affidavits four occasions boasting that it experienced no history of OSHA violations. Moloney submitted these varieties a few instances, on three independent dates, when Kollias submitted the affidavit on 1 occasion. Each individual submission of the form direct to a perjury indictment.

The two personnel, Jordy Alexander Castaneda Romero, 27, and Juan Carlos Figueroa Gutierrez, 33, have been killed when a dump truck struck and pushed them into a 9-foot-deep excavated trench on the High Road jobsite. OSHA originally fined the company and Moloney $1.3 million. Moloney experienced repeated violations and a record of evading OSHA fines, according to the company.

Considering that 2001, Moloney has been investigated 6 moments and fined an added 14 times, according to a Department of Labor press launch from August. Prior to this February, Moloney experienced $81,242 in fines, of which $73,542 was unpaid and has been referred to financial debt collection, according to the launch.