Friday, January 30, 2009

Worker Injured in Scaffold Collapse

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- At East 42nd St. and 5th Avenue, a construction worker is lucky to be alive.

He was working on some scaffolding at 501 42nd St. when the load he was lifting collapsed on top of the scaffold causing some of it to pancake on top of him.

Firefighters staged a massive rescue effort. They were able to get the man down. They were able to stabilize him in the top of the building and then bring him down to street level.

They just took him by ambulance to Bellevue Hospital, and the fire chief on the scene here believes that he may have a broken leg, but it could have been a whole lot worse. The mobilization here was massive, and East 42nd St. is closed between Madison and 5th Ave.

Ironically, the City Council just passed 2 laws to bolster construction safety.


Anonymous said...

It was worse here is web cam of the accident.

Anonymous said...

was this an illegal immigrant day laborer? I wouldn't be surprised at all.