By Carol Tannenhauser
A 36-year-old construction worker fell to his death from a fourth-floor scaffolding to a first-floor sidewalk shed on Monday morning at around 11:25 am, while working on a residential project at 263 West End Avenue, near 72nd Street, an NYPD spokesperson told WSR. The worker was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Update, Tuesday, 10:13am: The information given to us by the NYPD stating that a worker fell from the fourth floor is incorrect, according to Ryan J. Degan, deputy press secretary, NYC Department of Buildings (DOB). “Our preliminary investigation at the scene has determined that a worker was installing netting around a supported scaffold at the 15th-floor level, when they fell to the sidewalk shed below.”
Degan said the owners of the 23-story building did “have active work permits for facade repair,” however, “our investigation has also shown that the worker did not receive site safety orientation prior to the incident.”
“Construction workers in our City deserve a safe working environment, and incidents like today’s fatal fall are completely unacceptable,” Degan added. “We are conducting a thorough investigation, along with our partners in law enforcement, into exactly how this could have happened, and to determine whether any corners were cut on the job which may have been contributing factors. As a result of today’s fatal fall, DOB has issued a Full Stop Work Order at the work site.”
We will keep you posted.