Saturday, March 3, 2012
No permits at collapse site
From the NY Post:
A worker digging at a Harlem construction site was nearly killed yesterday when the ground suddenly collapsed and he was buried up to his neck in dirt and rubble, witnesses and fire officials said.
The worker, employed by Accura Restoration, was inside an 8-foot trench waterproofing a building at 1753 Park Ave. when the ground gave way at around 11 a.m.
Two good Samaritans, Francisco Pichardo and Ricardo Santos, heard the man’s anguished screams and raced to the scene.
The do-gooders were forced to stop when the ground continued crumbling.
FDNY rescue workers shored up the area using a vacuum truck to suck out the dirt, and carefully removed the remaining rubble by hand.
The city’s Buildings Department immediately issued a stop-work order to the site after they found that Accura had no permits.