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SSC High Rise, Inc.


Juan Chonillo fell 29 stories from a condominium building under construction. He fell while working on a scaffolding system. A foreman of SSC High Rise, Inc. directed employees to move the scaffolding system using a crane while workers, including Chonillo, were still on the platform. The investigation into Chonillo’s fatal fall uncovered that the company had also underpaid approximately 50 workers by more than $500,000 between August 2011 and September 2017 and underreported nearly $2 million in payroll to the state workers’ compensation system and other insurance programs.


Assistant District Attorney Rachana Pathak

Incident Type

Fall, Wage Theft


New York County


New York


September 21, 2017

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First Last Age Title Employer Injury Type
Juan Chonillo 44 Carpenter SSC High Rise, Inc. Fatality
Approximately 50 underpaid workers Not available Unavailable Not available SSC High Rise, Inc. Wage Theft


Name Type Title Plea Information Conviction Sentence
SSC High Rise, Inc. Entity Entity The company pleaded guilty to one count of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a class C felony. As part of the plea agreement, the company agreed to pay restitution for the wage violations-- $517,000 to the underpaid workers and $325,000 to the state insurance fund to make up for the unreported payroll. The company also had to pay $51,000 in fees to the NY Labor Department, and a $10,000 corporate penalty.
Penal Crimes Charged

Manslaughter in the Second Degree; wage theft scheme and insurance fraud

Other Crimes Charged