Over Paredes, a 44-year-old construction worker, was crushed to death by falling debris on a construction site in Brooklyn, New York last Wednesday, according to published reports. Paredes was doing rooftop work with two of his sons when he was pinned beneath a metal wall that had fallen on him.
Paredes’ son reportedly pulled him from under the wall, claiming it had fallen because of the high winds. According to him, no one should have been working on the roof that day.
“On the day of the incident, the crane operators had reportedly refused to use the crane because of high winds,” Eric Adams, Brooklyn borough president, told PIX 11. “We want to make sure that this wasn’t a way of circumventing a decision by the crane operators.”
The site contractor, Empire ID Construction, could not be reached by PIX 11 for comment.
Following the incident, the Department of Buildings issued this statement:
“DOB inspectors responded to the scene at 859 Myrtle Avenue on the morning of Wednesday, November 21, after receiving reports of a construction related accident. Upon arrival, DOB investigators determined that a wall panel was being carried by a fork lift when it tipped over and landed on a worker, resulting in a fatality. As a result of the accident, DOB has issued a violation to the general contractor for a failure to safeguard the construction site, and also a full stop work order for the site. DOB may issue additional enforcement actions related to this incident following the conclusion of the larger investigation.”
Source: PIX 11