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Rovini Concrete

A concerning record[1]

History of serious safety violations, including for 2015 job site death

  • Rovini has a history of serious safety violations, including those that led to the death of a worker on a Manhattan construction site in 2015. In August 2015, Angel Munoz was working for Rovini on a project at 577 9th Avenue when boards that were improperly covering an elevator shaft gave way, causing Munoz to fall four stories to his death.[i] OSHA cited Rovini for three violations in connection with the incident, and $19,000 in fines.[ii]

  • Just a few months prior to Munoz’s death, OSHA penalized Rovini for violations similar to the ones that caused Munoz to fall down an elevator shaft: Following an inspection in March 2015, OSHA cited Rovini for three violations, including a serious violation, for improperly labeling and covering holes at a job site on Manhattan’s West Side.[iii]

Wage theft suit settled for $28,000

  • Rovini was subsequently sued by workers who worked at the 577 9th Avenue project where Rovini employee Angel Munoz fell to his death. The workers alleged that they were forced to work 60 hours per week without overtime.[iv]

  • In 2017, the case settled after Rovini agreed to pay $28,000 to the workers.[v]

Principal pled guilty to federal racketeering charges

  • Additionally, Rovini principle Vincent Zollo[vi] pled guilty to federal racketeering charges in 1999 after it was revealed that Zollo was defrauding the New York Construction Authority and paying workers 60 percent less than the authority's required prevailing wage.[vii]

  • A news article in 2015 referred to Zollo as a “mobbed up contractor.”[1]

 

[1] "Mob-Linked Contractor With History of Cheating Workers Sued for Overtime," DNA Info, October 26, 2015, https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20151026/hells-kitchen-clinton/mob-linked-contractor-with-history-of-cheating-workers-sued-for-overtime 

[i]"Construction worker dies at Friedman, Landis' 400 Times Sq.," The Real Deal, August 25, 2015, http://therealdeal.com/2015/08/25/construction-worker-dies-at-friedman-landis-400-times-sq/ ; "Construction Worker's Wife Told Him to Quit 'Stupid' Job Days Before Death," DNA Info, August 31, 2015, https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20150831/astoria/construction-workers-wife-told-him-quit-stupid-job-days-before-death

[ii] Inspection Detail, Inspection No. 1087369.015, OSHA Integrated Management Information System (IMIS), https://osha.gov/pls/imis/establishment.inspection_detail?id=1087369.015

[iii] Inspection Detail, Inspection No. 1045602.015, OSHA Integrated Management Information System (IMIS), https://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/establishment.inspection_detail?id=1045602.015

[iv] Complaint, Figueroa, et al. vs. Rovini Concrete, filed October 13, 2015; See also "Mob-Linked Contractor With History of Cheating Workers Sued for Overtime," DNA Info, October 26, 2015, https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20151026/hells-kitchen-clinton/mob-linked-contractor-with-history-of-cheating-workers-sued-for-overtime 

[v] See settlement agreement, Figueroa et al. v. Rovini https://drive.google.com/open?id=1t0n5fW3HOEo9b8OQ5PHMaN0M_YsV7gKF

[vi] Zollo is identified as Rovini workers’ “boss” in this article. https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20151026/hells-kitchen-clinton/mob-linked-contractor-with-history-of-cheating-workers-sued-for-overtime/

[vii] “Carless Contractors, Crumbling Souls,” New York Times, July 26, 1999, http://www.nytimes.com/1999/07/26/nyregion/careless-contractors-crumbling-schools.html?pagewanted=3 ; Final Order of Forfeiture, United States v. Vincent Zollo, filed January 1, 2013.

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