Home Improvement Contractor Charged With Manslaughter - NECN
Maine

Maine

The latest news from around the state

Home Improvement Contractor Charged With Manslaughter

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Home Improvement Contractor Charged With Manslaughter

    The owner of a home improvement company charged with manslaughter following the death of a worker is set for a court hearing.

    The Portland Press Herald reports the arraignment of Saco-based contractor, Shawn D. Purvis, is scheduled for May 20 at Portland Unified Criminal Court.

    Purvis faces one count of workplace manslaughter in the death of 30-year-old Alan Loignon, his half-brother.

    Loignon fell off a roof in December in Portland, Maine.

    Purvis has said he cannot force his roofers to use safety gear he provides because they're self-employed subcontractors, not employees.

    A state Department of Labor spokeswoman said general contractors are responsible for work site safety regardless of whether workers are contractors.

    If convicted, the manslaughter charge carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

    Get the latest from necn anywhere, anytime

    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android