Safety rules were broken with impunity at the Deutsche Bank building because tipped-off supervisors had workers hide violations from inspectors, asbestos-removal crew members said yesterday.
SAFETY LAST DURING THE DEUTSCHE DEMOLITION
"Whenever an inspector would arrive, you could hear them on the radio saying, 'There is a cat in the building. There is a cat in the building.' It was like a game of cat and mouse," said a 40-year-old asbestos worker who was employed by the John Galt Corp. at the structure.
Bronx-based John Galt was fired on Wednesday, but was still on site Thursday, when one of its workers dropped a 300-pound pallet jack from the 23rd floor that nearly killed two firefighters below.
William Corbetis, 50, of Engine Co. 258 in Long Island City, Queens, remained in the intensive-care unit of St. Vincent's Hospital yesterday but is now breathing on his own.
Neil Nally, 35, who suffered head injuries, was discharged yesterday.
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