Construction Worker Falls Through Roof of Eighth Avenue Building

By DNAinfo Staff on April 20, 2012 1:35pm

By Mathew Katz and Wil Cruz

DNAinfo Staff

MIDTOWN — A construction worker plunged 30 feet through a hole in a roof of an abandoned building on Eighth Avenue Friday morning, officials and witnesses said.

The 25-year-old man, part of a team working on suspended scaffolding to repair the facade of 575 Eighth Ave., attempted to reach the front of that building by getting on the roof of the adjacent structure at 585 Eighth Ave., witnesses said.

But the worker fell through a hole on the roof of the three-story dilapidated building, near West 38th Street, and plummeted three floors, officials said.

"He was there on the side of the building, and he just fell down," said Ranjeet, who works across the street at the Simran U.S. Gift Shop and declined to give his last name.

Paramedics responded to the scene minutes after the 10:30 a.m. accident, an FDNY spokesman said. The man, who was not identified, was alert and breathing, the spokesman said.

The victim was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, officials said. His condition was not immediately available, but the injury did not appear to be life-threatening, the spokesman said.

Inspectors and engineers from the Department of Buildings were on scene, a spokeswoman for the department said.

A stop work order has been issued for the site, the spokeswoman said.

Officials are investigating to see if the scaffolding contractor, Bernini Construction Corp., at 575 Eighth Avenue failed to provide protection for adjoining building, as it is required to do, she said.

Bernini Construction Corp. did not immediately reply to request for comment.