Two Workers Die in Fall at Upper West Side Construction Site

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Two men who died after falling from the seventh floor of an Upper West Side buiidling may not have had the proper safety equipment in place, officials said.

Jen Gilbert, a spokeswoman for the city's Department of Buildings, said it appears that the workers didn't have the proper fall protections — including harnesses, nets and platforms.

The two men were identified by police as Brett McEnroe of Dover Plains and Roy Powell, of New Paltz — both upstate. Police said the men fell about 65 feet from the seventh floor of the building.

Gilbert said the men were part of a four-person crew installing steel beams to construct an elevator shaft at the site of the Redeemer Presbyterian Church on West 83rd Street.

The Department of Buildings has placed a stop work order on the building. On Wednesday, a spokeswoman said the department is "in the process of issuing violations — but couldn't detail them yet. 

Both the department and the NYPD are investigating. Police said they do not expect any criminal wrongdoing.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said three companies on the job could be fined if they've violated safety regulations. OSHA fines tend to be higher than those issued by the city's buildings department.



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The Dept of Bldgs spent a fortune on "harness awareness" but is very lackadaisical about enforcement. Recently I called 311 to report a crew of workersat a new building site working above the second floor without safety gear. The operator transfered me to 911. The 911 operator said it wasn't their provence, switched me back to 311. More than a day later, according to the records, an inspector went to the site and found nothing wrong. Good thing they didn't find dead bodies - but, hey - no big deal: they're all illegals anyway... another example: Staten Island Borough Hall has a shed/scaffolding up - worker can be seen frequently on the roof with no harness/safety gear: Note: the borough office for the Dept of Buildings is in Borough Hall!

Feb. 09 2011 07:06 AM

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