Suffolk DA charges drain company with manslaughter in deaths of 2 workers

BOSTON (WHDH) - The Suffolk County District Attorney charged a drain company with two counts of manslaughter after two workers died in a trench in the South End last fall.

Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said Atlantic Drain Services and its owner will be charged. The owner is also accused of giving forged paperwork to OSHA, who investigated the deaths.

The two workers drowned last October after a trench they were working in on Dartmouth Street flooded after a water main broke. Conley said the trench was not shored up properly and soil collapsed in, sending a fire hydrant into the trench, which then flooded.

“This wasn’t an accident. This was wanton, reckless conduct and we believe that it cost both men their lives,” said Conley.

Conley said Atlantic Drain should have known better, as they had been fined for the same problem before. The company was ordered to send employees to required safety training but Conley said employees never went and the company forged documents to say they had.

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