A construction worker died after falling from scaffolding while doing facade work on the Dream Hotel in Midtown. The worker plummeted seven stories and landed between the first and second floors of the luxury hotel, reported the New York Post (4.2.14)
According to the tabloid, a witness claimed that the worker “slipped through planks in the scaffolding.” The victim was thought to be in his 40s.
The scaffolding was erected by Everest Scaffolding. The incident is under investigation.
The Dream Hotel is located on West 55th Street, near Broadway.
Falls from scaffolding or other heights are top cause of construction industry deaths
Each year numerous New York scaffold accidents occur and many of these result in the injury or death of a construction worker. Scaffolds are a necessary, but dangerous, part of construction.
Scaffolding accidents may occur if the scaffolding is
- not assembled correctly
- not secured correctly
- being used without proper fall protection like handrails or guards
- not adequately maintained
- not properly tested
One of the top causes of death in the construction industry is falls from an elevation, according to the Occupational Safety and health Administration (OSHA). In a typical year, more than 100 workers are killed and more than 100,000 are injured after falling on a construction site. Falls annually account for one of every three construction-related deaths.