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Worker Injured in Astoria Building Collapse

By Nikhita Venugopal | April 22, 2013 1:58pm | Updated on April 22, 2013 4:13pm

ASTORIA — A construction worker was injured when a building partially collapsed in Queens Monday, the FDNY said.

The first-floor facade of the three-story building, located at 31-19 30th Ave., collapsed about 11:46 a.m., FDNY officials said. The mixed-use building was under construction.

The injured construction worker was on a ladder when an entire section of the facade came loose and one of the bricks struck him on the head, according to a witness at the scene, who did not want to be identified.

The victim , who was bleeding from his head, was dazed but was able to walk, the witness said.

The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital with head trauma. His injuries were not expected to be life-threatening, officials said.

Vardaris Tech Inc., a Long Island City general contractor who was issued a work permit on the building according to the Department of Buildings, did not have any information on the accident.

According to the Department of Finance, the building is owned by Fertitta Produce Inc., who could not immediately be reached for comment.