SCHENECTADY – A Schenectady drywall installer has admitted to failing to provide legally required workers’ compensation insurance to his employees, the state Inspector General’s Office said Wednesday.
Dennis R. Hammonds, 41, owner and operator of Hammonds Drywall, LLC, of Schenectady, pleaded guilty in Schenectady City Court to failure to secure the payment of compensation, a misdemeanor.
The plea included a $5,000 fine and nearly $61,000 in restitution to the state insurance fund.
All contractors are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for their employees under state workers’ compensation law.
An Inspector General investigation found that between February 2017 and November 2018, Hammonds worked as a drywall sub-contractor for two general contractors while failing to have required insurance, officials said. One of the projects was installing drywall and ceiling work at the ViaPort Mall in Rotterdam between May and September 2017, officials said.
“Failing to provide workers’ compensation insurance to employees, as this individual did, puts all parties in jeopardy,” Inspector General Letizia Tagliafierro said in a statement. “The employees, the employer, and the client need this important coverage in case of an accident or injury on the job.”