The trial for the man accused of manslaughter of two hardhats at started Tuesday, with the prosecution deeming crane owner James Lomma responsible for their deaths in the crusade for one man's greed.
Lomma, a multi-millionaire, faces accusations that he did not follow through properly for repairs to his cranes, one of which collapsed in 2008 and killed two workers — Donald Leo and Ramadan Kurtaj. The crane had been damaged in a year before the accident. Instead of waiting for a legimate repair, which would have closed the crane for months at the cost of $50,000 per month, Lomma paid an unqualified Chinese company $20,000 to complete the repair in 50 days.
The accident happened two months after another crane collapse killed seven people. However, Lomma is not being charged with those deaths.
Lomma, charged with manslaughter, could face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.