Another New York worker dies in a fall
A day laborer working for Nesher Construction fell to his death down an open elevator shaft in Brooklyn yesterday:
A day laborer doing tile work at a Brooklyn construction site died yesterday after he lost his bearings and fell four stories through an open elevator shaft, officials said. The man, whose identity was not immediately known, was pronounced dead at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center at 11:18 a.m., an hour after the accident, the police said. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the city’s Buildings Department are investigating. A Buildings Department spokeswoman, Kate Lindquist, said that a stop work order was issued because no guardrails were in place, as required, around elevator openings. A superintendent at Nesher Construction, the general contractor, said that the victim worked for a subcontractor and that protective plywood had been in place over “all the elevator openings” at the start of work. [NYT]
The accident occurred at 44 Troutman St. in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn.
The Department of Buildings issued a stop work order on the site following the accident. (City records list the general contractor in charge of the 44 Troutman St. project as "Nesher Builders.")
These records show that in 2006 Nesher Builders was fined $2,500 for "Failure to protect roofs outlets & skylights of adjoining property during construction operations" at 44 Troutman St.
Nesher Builders didn't show up at their ECB hearing for that violation. As of this writing, Nesher Buildings is listed as being "in default" for the hearing and "no compliance" for the Class A (high-severity) violation.
I hope they don't skip out on their ECB hearing this time.