Woman Struck by Scaffolding in Chelsea

By Mathew Katz and Wil Cruz  on May 31, 2012 2:34pm  | Updated on May 31, 2012 4:30pm

Debris fell from a scaffolding truck in Chelsea on May 31, 2012.
Debris fell from a scaffolding truck in Chelsea on May 31, 2012.
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CHELSEA — A woman was struck by scaffolding at West 23rd Street Thursday as the work site was being dismantled, officials said.

The victim, who was not identified, was hit by the falling scaffolding at 340 West 23rd St., at 1:48 p.m., an FDNY spokeswoman said.

"It was a piece of metal that fell onto her shoulder," said Ly Jones, 39, who works nearby. "The ambulance came quick and took her away."

The woman was transported to Bellevue Hospital Center with arm and hip injuries, officials said. Ryan FitzGibbon, a spokeswoman for the Department of Buildings, said her injuries were not life-threatening.  

FitzGibbon said workers were dismantling the scaffolding when a piece of the parapet came down.

Two violations were issued to Everest Scaffolding, the contractor, for "failing to safeguard all persons and property affected by construction operations," FitzGibbon said.

Calls to the company were not immediately answered.

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