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Probe of Huntington cesspool incident continues, OSHA says

Emergency responders work to free a man from

Emergency responders work to free a man from a hole that collapsed outside a Huntington home on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Credit: James Carbone

Two days after a worker fell to his death while installing a cesspool at a Huntington home, a federal agency that oversees workplace safety standards said the investigation into the incident continues.

Edward Sinnott, 59, of Huntington, worked for Don Antorino Sewer & Drain, Suffolk County police said, adding that the firm registered its business in Port Jefferson Station. The company, police said yesterday, was hired by a general contractor, Antorino & Sons. There was no reply to phone messages left at both businesses over the past two days.

Sinott and other workers were in the front yard of the house on Beech Place on Wednesday when the rim of a hole freshly dug for the cesspool collapsed, according to Suffolk police. Sinnott fell in and was buried under a large mound of dirt, the added.

James Lally, a spokesman for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said on Friday that the federal agency is still verifying the identity of the employers and their involvement on the site.

“Both a general contractor and subcontractor can be cited if inspectors determine they violated OSHA safety standards,” Lally said. Inspections can take up to six months to complete, he said.

Meanwhile, efforts by the family to raise $10,000 to help pay for Edward Sinnott’s funeral expenses had exceeded expectations. As of last night, donors had given more than $19,600 via the crowdfunding site

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