A worker was crushed to death Saturday when a crane counterweight fell on him on a construction site in New York’s lower Manhattan. According to the Morning Call, this is the third NYC construction worker death within the last week.
The counterweight fell on 34-year-old Gregory Echevarria as he was setting up the crane alongside other workers, according to the report. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The report said Nelson Salinas, 51, was killed by falling debris on Monday, April 8, as he worked on facade repairs at a Manhattan East Side apartment. Erik Mendoza, 23, was working on the roof of a 13-story building in Brooklyn when he fell to his death on Wednesday.
Andrew Rudansky, the Buildings Department spokesman, told The Morning Call that the department is investigating all three deaths and “will hold accountable anyone in the construction industry who endangers workers or the public.”