Falls are the leading cause of work related deaths for construction workers.
On Tuesday afternoon, in Manhattan, a 30 year old construction worker who was working at 577 Ninth Avenue, between 41st and West 42nd streets fell 30 feet to his death when the platform he was standing on collapsed and he plummeted to the bottom of an elevator shaft.
Authorities arrived to the scene in midtown, around 12:40 pm where they found the man lying at the bottom of the elevator unconscious and unresponsive.
He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. His name has not yet been released.
It was reported that the worker was wearing a hard hat but he did not have on a safety harness while he worked and walked across the wooden boards which were four stories high.
Witnesses stated the boards gave way right above the elevator shaft causing the worker to plummet more than 30 feet down the elevator into over four feet of standing water in the basement.
Following the fall, the midtown construction site was shut down and the construction workers jobs in limbo while police and building inspectors investigate the death of the 30 year old construction worker.