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Construction Worker Seriously Injured in Fall on East 124th Street

By  Dan Rivoli and Natalie Musumeci | September 18, 2012 2:37pm | Updated on September 18, 2012 3:55pm

EAST HARLEM — A construction worker was seriously injured Tuesday in a fall at an East 124th Street building, the FDNY said.

The man, whom a fellow worker said was a bricklayer, fell while working at 101 E. 124th St., near Park Avenue, about 1 p.m., officials said.

"The guy looked like he had a fight with a tiger," said Melvin Colon, 38, who has been working on the site since July. "He fell from 30 feet up high. He was bleeding. He had a big cut on his head, and his shirt was ripped up."

An emergency crew rushed the unidentified man, who sustained a head injury, to Harlem Hospital in serious but stable condition, the FDNY said.

"They took him away on a stretcher," Colon said. "He was in pain. He kept closing his eyes shut."