Construction Worker Dies

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A construction worker at a luxury hotel on Park Avenue South died yesterday after stepping over a guard rail and onto a flimsy piece of plywood.

To honor 28-year-old Anthony Paino, fellow construction workers at the future Gansevoort Park Hotel attached a bouquet of roses to the scaffolding at street level.

The apprentice steel worker fell from the 10th floor onto the sidewalk shed above pedestrians, after he stepped onto a piece of wood extending out of the still open building. A spokeswoman for the Department of Buildings said Paino was not wearing a harness.

DOB gave the general contractor, Levine Builders, of Queens, eight citations, most of them for safety violations, and additionally penalized another four sub-contractors. Paino’s was the second construction worker death in the city this year.

Police and other investigators inspect the site
Police and other investigators inspect the site
Police and other investigators inspect the site
A tribute to the fallen worker
Roses placed on scaffolding


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