Thursday, April 13, 2017
Worker dies in "completely preventable" accident
From the Daily News:
A city hardhat plummeted 18 feet to his death Wednesday in what city officials called a “completely preventable” construction accident in Times Square.
Jose Cruz, 59, of Sunset Park, was helping remove part of a steel deck from a slab at 1604 Broadway, near W. 49th St., at about 11:05 a.m., when he fell from an I-beam near the second floor, officials said.
He died at Mount Sinai West.
“We think it was completely preventable,” said city Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler.
“There should have been tie offs with his personal protection equipment, which he was wearing.”
In March 2016, the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) hit Streamline USA with seven violations dubbed "serious" after its inspectors responded to a complaint about unsafe job conditions at the 1604 Broadway site. The agency hit the company with $19,200 in fines which Streamline is contesting.