- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A judge in western Michigan has dismissed criminal charges in the case of a man who plunged 26 feet to his death while working on a commercial roof.

Black River Builders owner Joe Novak of Holland was charged with a safety violation causing death, a felony. But a Kent County judge dismissed the charge Monday, saying the company could be charged but not Novak.

An appeal by state lawyers appears likely.

In 2012, Brian Tarachanowicz fell while removing a roof deck at a commercial building in Sparta, north of Grand Rapids. The state says the victim was not wearing protective equipment, and no inspections were performed to detect hazards.

Tarachanowicz was working as a subcontractor.

The state says Black River Builders has been cited for past safety problems.


Information from: WZZM-TV, https://www.wzzm13.com

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