The roof of an under-construction building on Carlton Avenue in New York City collapsed earlier this week, leaving one worker dead and another seriously injured. Both men were on the roof around 9:15 a.m. working as cement mixers when the structure beneath them collapsed and they were sent plunging down three stories. According to one worker, the foreman on the street below “tried unsuccessfully to stop cinder blocks from being loaded onto the top of the planned four-story building.” The co-worker, Ignatius Regis, was also working on the roof at the time of the accident, but the portion of the roof where he was located did not crumble, and witnessed the fall. After the accident, Regis commented, “There’s a lot of risk in construction.”
According to the city building commissioner, the cinder blocks atop the roof caused the roof collapse. A sixty seven year old worker perished in the collapse and a forty three year old worker was severely injured and taken to Brooklyn Hospital Center. The names of the men were not released to the media.
After the accident, City Councilwoman Letitia James stated that the city needed to exercise stronger oversight of ongoing construction in the city. “This tragic incident raises serious concerns about the safety practices at this construction site, and whether there was proper oversight of this construction by both the Department of Buildings and the developer,” she stated. She continued on to say, “I believe this tragedy further underscores the need for greater safety precautions and worker safety training at major development sites throughout the city.”
Worker Killed in Carlton Avenue Building Collapse, www.newyorktimes.com September 10, 2012.