Engineer is Charged in Fatal Wall Collapse

More fallout from the wall collapse that killed laborer Lauro Ortega, and more self-certification shenanigans. Turns out the engineer who pulled the plans authorizing construction at the site had lost his self-cert privileges. So he signed his partner’s name to the documents.

The contractor/developer of the project has already been charged with manslaughter. The engineer – Abraham Hertzberg – is charged with 9 felony counts of offering a false instrument.

Its good to see DOB and DOI going after the bad actors, but at some point the structural deficiencies in the system itself need to be addressed.