Building Materials Delivered to Rooftop Crash into Basement, Trapping Workers

June 21, 2017

Three workers were injured after a load of building materials delivered to the top of a family home in New York City fell through the roof, crashing into the basement. One worker escaped serious injury; the other two were rescued and listed in critical condition.

Buildings Deputy Commissioner Timothy Hogan said that inspectors are looking into whether the materials were moved properly. “Materials should be delivered to the ground level,” he said. “If materials are delivered to an upper level, they are supposed to be reviewed by an engineer to make sure that the structure they are putting the materials on can handle the weight.”

First reports said a crane had delivered the load of materials to the structure's roof, but officials later said the crane was gone at the time of the accident.

The two-family brick home was being renovated in Astoria, Queens, on Tuesday when about 3:40 p.m. the roof collapsed under the weight of a 1,200-pound laminated beam, bags of cement, and concrete blocks.

Rescue workers were able to pull two of the men from under the debris relatively quickly but one worker was trapped for almost two hours. He was pinned from his face to ankle, horizontally, according to Lieutenant Frederick Ill of the FDNY.

Watch coverage of the rescue, courtesy of CBS New York.