Construction Worker Seriously Hurt in Fall Near High Line, FDNY says

By Trevor Kapp and Aidan Gardiner  on April 29, 2014 3:18pm  | Updated on April 30, 2014 7:09am

 A worker hurt his head and shoulders when he fell from a Chelsea construction site, witnesses said.
A worker hurt his head and shoulders when he fell from a Chelsea construction site, witnesses said.
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CHELSEA — A carpenter in his second day on the job was seriously injured after he unhooked from his safety gear and fell 15 feet from a construction site in the shadow of the High Line, officials and other workers said.

The unidentified carpenter was on the second story of the structure at 505 West 19th St., near 10th Avenue, when he toppled to the ground about 11:30 a.m., injuring his head and shoulder, according to the FDNY and another worker.

The Department of Buildings said the worker had "unhooked himself from his fall protection and fell 15 feet."

He was rushed to Bellevue where he was in stable condition, the FDNY said.

"He just started yesterday. He hurt his right shoulder and his head," said another worker who said he knew the carpenter, but would not identify himself.

The DOB issued a violation for "failure to safeguard all persons and property," a spokeswoman said. A stop work order was issued.

A company that's operating the construction site, Leeding Builders Group, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Department of Buildings also hit the company with a violation for a Jan. 14 accident in which another worker cut his middle finger and was treated on site, a DOBspokeswoman said.

A hearing about the January incident was set for June 9, the DOB said.

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