A sad story from Greenpoint today.
“Unfortunately, around 9:15 AM, while a worker was attempting to attach an extension to an excavator behind me, that piece of equipment failed. The attachment collapsed and crushed and killed the victim,” commissioner of the City’s Department of Buildings Eric Ulrich told the press outside the construction site this afternoon.
“The victim’s family is being notified as we speak, and there’s an ongoing investigation right now, between the police department and the Department of Buildings to determine exactly what happened this morning, but we can confirm that there is one fatality on site.”
Commissioner Ulrich said that the construction worker was wearing his protective gear. A reporter asked about the construction site’s history and whether or not any previous violations have occurred. While Ulrich said there had been several 311 complaints made previously, none of them were substantiated. Though a full investigation needs to occur before they can identify if the complaints had any bearing on today’s incident, Ulrich revealed the complaints concerned noise and after-hours work.
A stop work order will be put in place today and a full review of other job sites owned by Lendlease will be conducted.
Greenpointers has reached out to the 94th precinct for comment.