Tarrytown DPW supervisor suspended over deadly manhole accident
The Tarrytown village board voted unanimously to suspend Department of Public Works Supervisor Scott Weaver today for his role in the deadly manhole accident that killed two firefighters back in September.
Less than a minute after the meeting began, all board members voted in favor of suspending Weaver with pay.
According to a state Department of Labor report, Weaver was in charge and less than 20 feet away when DPW worker and volunteer firefighter Anthony Ruggerio descended into the manhole. Firefighter John Kelly went down after him, and both men were killed by low oxygen levels.
The village hired an independent firm to conduct an investigation into the tragic incident. The firm recommended the board hold a disciplinary hearing on Weaver.
After the state investigated, the village was blamed for failing to provide the training, programs and policies required by law. The investigation found that neither of the men were wearing the proper breathing equipment for work in sewers.
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