A reader sent us the above photo this week out of concern that the construction worker was in a wee bit of danger, standing so close to the edge of the building without any apparent harness or other safety equipment. The worker was setting up scaffolding on the roof of the Stephen Gaynor School on 90th Street in preparation for a possible rooftop addition to the school, which serves children with learning difficulties. We’ve posted two pictures of the worker below, and if you click on them, they will enlarge.
We asked the contractor for a comment and he forwarded us a response from a sales coordinator at Spring Scaffolding, which is doing the scaffolding work:
“Harnesses should be on at all times. There are certain instances, however, where the men cannot be tied off because it may create more of a safety hazard as such. All of this said, I will make a call to the foreman and remind him that this is a high profile job and there should be extra care given to all applicable safety codes.”
A spokesman for the school wrote to us: “Of course, the school isn’t responsible for monitoring workers use of safety gear.”
Penny Ryan, district manager for Community Board 7, told us that the Gaynor School is planning to ask the board’s preservation committee for permission to build an addition to the building, and is creating a “mock-up” of the addition using the scaffolding. Eventually, the school wants to build a playing field on the roof, according to a plan (pdf) on the Gaynor School website.