MANHATTAN, NY – A suspended construction platform collapsed during a building façade repair on Thursday, killing one worker and injuring three others.
According to The New York Times, a large construction platform was suspended from the top of an 11-story building in Murray Hill, near the intersection of East 36th Street and Lexington Avenue. Workers were repairing a crumbling exterior facade at the time of the incident.
The construction platform plummeted towards the ground and crashed into a scaffold above the sidewalk at approximately 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 16. A worker became trapped in a cable as the platform fell, leaving him hanging above the ground until the New York Fire Department (FDNY) arrived on the scene.
FDNY Assistant Chief Thomas J. Currao reported that one construction worker was killed in the incident. Three other workers, including the man suspended from the cable, sustained serious injuries. The FDNY does not know how many workers were on the platform at the time of the collapse, and they are unsure if the platform hit any other people as it fell.
The cause of the platform collapse is unclear at this time. However, Edras Group Corp., the construction company performing the repairs, had been issued 43 violations from the Department of Buildings for past job-site safety concerns.
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