On a commercial renovation job in Panama City, Florida, a Hispanic drywall construction worker was electrocuted when he came in contact with electrical wires projecting from a terminal box at the site where he was working.
According to an article published in the Durability + Design Journal, “A Florida contractor must answer federal citations involving the electrocution of a Hispanic drywall worker, although the worker was paid in cash and the contractor denied knowing him.”
In her statements to police at the scene, Nathalie Monroe, President of Monroe Drywall Construction, Inc. (MDC), denied hiring, or even knowing, the deceased worker. However, in subsequent testimony from other “drywallers” on the site, it was learned that MDC had hired the four men to hang, tape and finish the 338 boards on the remodel job and was paying them in cash. Monroe later admitted that she knew the deceased and had worked with him on other jobs.
This is a classic case where even though the workers were employees, they were paid in cash by the subcontractor in order to avoid workers' compensation claims and taxes. Read more » about Dead Worker Ruled an Employee in OSHA Ruling