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1 Worker Dies, 3 Hurt in Brooklyn Building Collapse

Monday, September 10, 2012

One construction worker was killed and two others were injured during a partial building collapse in Brooklyn on Monday.

Five construction workers were on the top floor of 227 Carlton Avenue in Fort Greene when a delivery of concrete blocks caused the floor to give way and sent two workers plummeting three floors to the basement.

“Our engineers believe the support beams were not properly supported,” said Tony Sclafani, spokesman for the Department of Buildings.

Two construction workers were trapped in the basement and removed to Brooklyn Hospital where one was pronounced dead, officials said. A second worker survived but is in critical condition.

A third worker is in stable condition at Kings County Hospital.

Permits for the construction project were in place, according to the DOB. A violation was issued for one of the five attached buildings on July 13 for failure to provide guard rails during the excavation process.

The project, known as the Carlton Mews Townhouses, consisted of five attached buildings. A stop work order has been issued at the properties.  

Professional Grade Construction, the general contractor at the site, could not be immediately reached for comment. 

City Councilwoman Letitia James represents the area and said she would be working with the Buildings Department to figure out what went wrong.

“This tragic incident raises serious concerns about the safety practices at this construction site…” she said.

The completion date for the project was expected to be December of this year.

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