Your article about the death of worker Lorenzo Pavia and the homicide conviction of contractor Kenneth Formic (In the News, 4/07) affected me profoundly. I talked about it with my fellow crew members on the job site. We spoke of the dangers we face daily and how our safety is dependent on the whims of employers struggling to make a profit and meet a deadline in a competitive business.

I'm a 60-year-old carpenter; I've had my share of accidents. My life is a series of calculated risks: questionable planks, ladders set on uneven muddy ground, frayed extension cords, slippery roof slopes, and, yes, deep trenches.

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