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Construction Worker Injured in Fall From West 57th Street Rooftop

By Alan Neuhauser | November 20, 2012 11:14am

MIDTOWN — A construction worker fell from the roof of a West 57th Street building to another structure Tuesday morning while working at the future New York office of a nonprofit founded by billionaire investor George Soros, sources said.

The worker, a 30-year-old man whose identity has not been released, reported feeling back pain shortly after the 9:07 a.m. incident, the FDNY reported. He was secured to a backboard and rushed to Roosevelt Hospital.

"He's fine. He's on the phone calling his family," a police officer at the scene said.

The victim fell about 15 feet while working atop 224 W 57th St., a nine-story office building called The Argonaut. The building is undergoing renovations to house the Open Society Foundation, which promotes political, social and economic reform around the world.

The foundation, founded in 1993 by Soros, plans to move its New York offices into the building next year, a spokeswoman said.

J.T. Magen & Company is overseeing the construction project. Calls to its New York offices, as well as to the cell phones of its project manager and superintendents, went unanswered or unreturned.