Friday, September 1, 2017

Inspectors warn workers seconds before Fresh Meadows house collapse

From PIX11:

Half a dozen construction workers were within seconds of disaster when the sharp eyes of two building inspectors noticed the top of the Queens building was about to collapse.

Building inspectors Joseph Martucci and Johnny Mendez were examining gas lines in a house across the street when their eyes shifted to the house being renovated. They quickly spotted movement that could trap a worker.

"Suddenly the building began to shift with one worker narrowly escaping," Martucci said.

He and Mendez dashed to the site and shouted for the other workers to get out of the way.

"When I saw that coming down, my goal was to see everybody was safe," Mendez said.

Work on the 2-story house on 181st street in Fresh Meadows began at the beginning of the month and workers were demolishing a portion of the house so they could add an extension.

Investigators from the Department of Investigation were on the scene to determine if any wrongdoing was involved.

Even before a full investigation is completed, the Buildings Department has filed four violations, including failure to safeguard the site. Each violation carries a potential fine of $25,000.


Anonymous said...

Building inspectors actually saving lives for once! Kudos!

Anonymous said...

Finally the dob did something useful. These illegals dont care about safety. Now they should be deported!

Anonymous said...

There's something fishy about this story. It all sounds like the DOB workers set this up.

Anonymous said...

Building inspectors actually saving lives for once!

More like they were scared somebody was gonna get killed and didn't want to be part of a murder and payola investigation's not run by "special friends" to cover their ass.
Now no worries. Now no feds and all the shit goes too the landfill. A computer designed vinyl & faux finish shitbox will get slapped up like we see happening all over Whitestone, Malba and Bayside