UPPER WEST SIDE — A construction worker was critically injured after taking a plunge down an elevator shaft at a Fordham University building under construction at West 62nd Street Monday morning, officials said.
The 41-year-old man fell about four stories in the university's new law school and residence hall at 158 West 62nd Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues, just after 11 a.m., the FDNY said.
Paramedics raced to the scene and found the victim unconscious, an FDNY spokesman said.
The victim, who sources said lives in Queens, was taken to St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital in critical condition, he added.
"The University community has the worker and his family in our thoughts and prayers today," said university spokesman Bob Howe in a statement. "We hope he will have a rapid and complete recovery from his injuries."
The Department of Buildings was inspecting the scene of the accident.
The contractor, Gotham Construction, did not immediately comment.