FALLING DEBRIS NAILS CONSTRUCTION WORKER
By KEVIN FASICK and PHILIP MESSING, NY Post
September 15, 2007 -- A worker on an Upper West Side construction project was hospitalized yesterday after one of his colleagues dropped scaffolding parts from several stories above, witnesses said.
Daryl Allen, 23, was working in the rear of a new building going up at 238 W. 108th St. as unidentified colleagues carried the scaffolding materials.
Suddenly, one of the workers let go of the materials, said supervisor Dennis Hardee.
"I guess it was too heavy for him to handle," Hardee said.
Allen was rushed to St. Luke's Hospital after the 8:36 a.m. incident. "He's going to be OK," Hardee said as he visited Allen in the hospital.
City Buildings Department inspectors have handled 19 complaints about the project, a six-story, six-unit apartment building whose units are expected to sell for millions of dollars.
The developer, MRM Development of Brooklyn, was fined $10,000 in December for failing to properly remove debris as the old building on the site was demolished and for failing to follow safe demolition practices.