Yesterday, in a tragic construction site accident, a 28 year-old construction worker from Staten Island was killed after falling 10 floors from a piece of plywoord at a construction project that was taking place on the Gansevoort Park Hotel located on Park Avenue South near 29th Street in Manhattan.
According to a statement issued by New York City's Department of Buildings, it seems that the construction worker was not wearing a safety harness, which is designed and intended to bind or anchor construction workers to the buildings they are working on, and thereby help prevent them from falling and sustaining either severe personal injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, other life threatening injuries or death. In the aftermath of the incident, the Department of Buildings issues several safety violations against the general contractor, and issued a stop-work order for the building project. In addition, the Department of Buildings indicated that they were investigating whether there was adequate safety netting at the worksite.
Officials said that the Buildings Department was looking into the safety netting in place at the site.