A day laborer from Ecuador was killed yesterday when an eight-foot-deep trench collapsed at a Brooklyn elementary school, burying him under hundreds of cubic yards of dirt, officials and his employer said.
Mr. Amendano’s employer, Mohammad Sajjad, president of Star-Pak Contracting in Brooklyn, said he did not know a lot about the dead worker — not his name, or the name of his brother — but had been told that the man was originally from Ecuador, lived in Brooklyn, was married and had two small children.
Day laborers like Mr. Amendano are generally hired in the morning and paid in cash at the end of the job.
Construction Accident Kills Laborer at School
The Department of Buildings said it had not issued a permit for the work being conducted at the site. “The Buildings Department is issuing two violations to the contractor for failure to provide protection on the sides of excavation and working without a permit,” a spokesman said.
Mr. Sajjad said he did not need a city permit for the work because his crew was not altering any structure. “We’re not changing anything,” he said.
Photo from 1010WINS.com