Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Construction worker plunges to death at East Side high-rise

Updated Monday, April 14th 2008, 10:33 PM Link here

A 25-year-old construction worker plunged nine floors to his death on Monday at an East Side high-rise, police said.

Kevin Kelly of Queens was killed when the metal ring holding his safety harness to the building pulled away from a concrete ceiling of the condo rising at 400 E. 67th St., officials said.

Kelly, who plummeted from the 23rd floor to the 14th, is the 13th construction worker killed on the job in the city this year, Buildings Department records show.


The site has 38 open Buildings Department violations, 25 since construction began in April 2007, records show. They include such high-severity problems as failure to safeguard the public and property, lack of a site safety manager, no safety nets and lack of fire-safety standpipes, records show.

A site inspection - triggered by the March 15 crane collapse at East 51st St. that killed seven people - found there was no plumb and torque inspection report to ensure the crane there had been properly installed.

The condo, the Laurel, is next to Public School 168 on 67th St. between First and York Aves. Children were playing in the schoolyard when Kelly fell.

The tragedy comes amid a 12% jump in high-rise development and an 83% spike in construction accidents.



Residents nervous over building sites

Sunday, April 13th 2008, 4:00 AM

Scaffolds improperly attached to buildings. Sidewalk sheds missing braces. Untrained workers installing crucial safety equipment.

These are among the imminently dangerous conditions involving scaffolds and sidewalks found by the Buildings Department at 43 building sites across Brooklyn deemed so unsafe they were shut down last month during a citywide safety crackdown.

Most of the sites are up and running again, but many Brooklyn residents living or working near them are still afraid. (edit)...

Many New Yorkers often go out of their way to avoid walking under building scaffolding - including Buildings Commissioner Patricia Lancaster, who admitted to the Daily News' Editorial Board last year she crosses the street to avoid walking under the structures. (edit)...

Assemblyman James Brennan (D-Park Slope), who has battled the Buildings Department, said he welcomed the latest sweep, but wasn't surprised that nearly 14% of the surveyed sites were so dangerous they were shut down."It's a reactive response," said Brennan, who has been fighting for stricter enforcement and tougher penalties for scofflaws. "Of course it's good for them to do a sweep like this, but the current process of supervision and enforcement is broken."...(edit)ehays@nydailynews.com


With the "Protect Our Homes" petition, CORD was formed in May, 2007. This petition arose as an overwhelmingly negative response to the coming of the over-sized 360 Smith Street Development at the corner of Smith Street and Second Place (Aka Oliver House; aka 131 Second Place). This petition, which had well over three thousand signatures, led to a new zoning text amendment in summer of 2008.

To: Our Elected Officials, Community Leaders, The MTA:
(MAY, 2007)

We the undersigned Carroll Gardens homeowners and residents, are appalled by the "as of right" ruling which allows owners and developers to erect buildings in our neighborhood with no regard to the impact they will present to our quality of life and the value of our homes........