Three NY Workers Fall; Two Die

September 22, 2017

Two Tishman Construction workers fell 35 feet out of a boomlift bucket around 2 p.m. on September 21 at the One Manhattan West construction site, resulting in the death of a 45-year-old employee of E-J Electronic Installation of Long Island City, Queens. The other worker was taken to Bellevue Hospital in serious but stable condition.

The address is listed as part of the Manhattan West development project at Hudson Yards, according to developer Brookfield Properties. The One Manhattan tower is planned to be 67 stories high and is part of a six-building complex. The Department of Buildings has issued nine violations at the construction site in 2017, eight of which remain open, according to DOB records. One of the open violations resulted in a $1,500 penalty that has yet to be paid, the records show.

In an unrelated incident, another construction worker fell 29 stories to his death Thursday morning from a building under construction at 1 Seaport, a luxury apartment tower being erected at 161 Maiden Lane in New York's financial district.  Juan Cholhillo, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Wednesday, the Department of Buildings (DOB) issued a partial stop work order order at the site for unsafe crane operation and other safety violations.The building's contractor, Pizzarotti IBC LLC, also racked up nine Environmental Control Board (ECB) violations since January of this year, four of which remain open, according to the DOB database.

New York City Council is set to vote on the 1447 safety bill next weeek which would require at least 40 hours of safety training on high rise construction sites.