Subcontractor Faulted for 2 Deadly Excavation Cave-Ins in 6 Months, Sued for $50 Million

Subcontractor Faulted for 2 Deadly Excavation Cave-Ins in 6 Months, Sued for $50 Million

Don McLoud | Equipment World

In a split second, the ground opened beneath Edward Sinnott, sucking him down 20 feet.

As Sinnott slid rapidly down and was immediately buried, a contractor working beside him grabbed a clamshell bucket and was hoisted to safety.

Sinnott wasn’t so lucky. It took rescuers six hours to recover his body May 24, 2017, on a cesspool installation job at a home in Huntington, New York. Before the collapse, he had been using hand signals to direct his employer who was operating a truck-mounted crane.

Six months later in Shoreham, New York, about 35 miles from Sinnott’s demise, a similar death occurred.

This time, the ground collapsed beneath Kurt Peiscop-Grau, cascading him into an excavation that was 17 to 22 feet deep where he was buried alive. He, too, had been directing his employer in a crane operation to install a cesspool…(Read the full story)

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