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.