From the Daily News:
The scaffolding that malfunctioned on Monday in Sunnyside leaving a worker dangling for dear life was not sanctioned, the Daily News has learned.
The incident underscores a dark underbelly within the construction trade, a Queens lawmaker said Thursday.
The city Department of Buildings issued a partial stop-work order at the 45th St. construction site and is investigating what caused the scaffolding to collapse, officials said.
Elmhurst contractor Prestige Construction, which was doing facade work on the six-story apartment building, was hit with two violations for Monday’s incident.
Assemblyman Francisco Moya said the incident underscores a growing problem within the construction industry.
Moya, a fellow Ecuadorian, phoned Suauzhanay following his near-death experience.
“A lot of these workers are immigrant workers,” said Moya (D-Jackson Heights). “They will settle for these unsafe conditions in order to earn money.”
The contractors often skirt regulations and standards. “It's only exposed when a worker is severely hurt or killed,” he said.