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Worker's Leg Crushed in 'Unsafe' Excavation at Bushwick Site, Officials Say

By Gwynne Hogan | February 26, 2016 1:38pm
 A worker was injured during a fall at a construction site where an
A worker was injured during a fall at a construction site where an "unsafe excavation" was occurring, according Department of Building records. The DOB is investigating.
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Brigette Blood

BUSHWICK — A construction worker's leg was crushed during an "unsafe" excavation at the site of an apartment building complex, officials said.

The worker, whose age was not released, was rushed from the site at 336 Himrod St. to Elmhurst Hospital just after 1:23 p.m. Thursday afternoon, fire officials said.

Joe Ionnatti, a project supervisor for Titan Realty and Construction in charge of the project, said that the worker was in a pit about 10 feet below ground, when a portion of the dirt wall collapsed burying the workers leg.

Following the incident, fire officials requested an inspection of the worksite citing an "unsafe excavation," according to buildings records.

 A rendering of the new development planned for 330 Himrod St.
A rendering of the new development planned for 330 Himrod St.
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ASH NYC

Proper protections weren't supporting the sides of the excavation pit, Department of Buildings spokesman Alex Schnell said.

The DOB issued a partial stop work order on the site and OSHA is also investigating the incident, Schnell said.

A spokesman for ASH NYC, the developers of the site, didn't respond to a request for comment.

Construction began last July on the 63-unit development that will be a mix of new construction combined with a revamp of the old Dannenhoffer's Opalescent Glassworks factory.

The project will take up most of the block on Himrod Street just south of Wyckoff Avenue and will also have commercial space.

The recent cave in of an excavation pit is the second in the area in recent months.

In December, two workers in Williamsburg were partially buried when an excavation pit collapsed in on them on Wilson Avenue.