Prison time for foreman at site where worker was buried alive

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Wilmer Cueva, 51, was sentenced to one to three years behind bars

Peter D’Amato

Courtesy of New York attorney district’s office

Published: December 15, 2016 – 12:58 pm

The construction foreman at a Manhattan site where a worker was crushed to death has been sentenced to one to three years in prison, the Associated Press reported.

Wilmer Cueva, 51, was convicted of criminally negligent homicide in November.

Cueva had been warned by a site inspector about safety concerns but allowed work to continue at the mixed-use development on Ninth Avenue in the meatpacking district.

A 14-foot trench that had not been properly secured collapsed in April of last year, leading to the death of 22-year-old Carlos Moncayo.

Cueva had been working for Sky Materials Corp., the subcontractor hired by the site’s general contractor, Harco Construction.

Harco, a nonunion contractor, was convicted of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment in July and was ordered to fund public-safety announcements on worksite safety.