Sunday, May 30, 2010

Construction foreman fell to his death

From the Daily News:

A hardhart fell to his death Thursday from the fifth story of a building under construction in Brooklyn, officials said.

The death of construction foreman Luis Zaruma, 36, of Williamsburg stunned his family, who recalled the dedicated worker offering a cheerful "good morning" as he left for the job site at 7 a.m. Thursday.

"He was a hardworking man and a loving husband, a family man, a good friend," said his devastated wife, Sandra Rivera, 47, who met Zaruma shortly after he emigrated from his native Ecuador a decade ago.

Zaruma, who worked for Roth Metal Works, according to his family, fell from the fifth story of a residential building under construction on Bedford Ave. in Clinton Hill around 3:40p.m. yesterday, according to the NYPD and the Buildings Department.

Officials said the cause of the accident was under investigation, but a Buildings Department spokesman said Zaruma "was not wearing a safety harness."


Anonymous said...

That's not the only accident in NYC yesterday. This is what happened earlier in the day at the Throgs Neck Bridge:

Anonymous said...

May he rest in peace. My prayers go out to his family.

Anonymous said...

where was the site safety guy?? this is what happens when you don't inforce the laws.. i hope the family sues the company.. but they'll only be intitled to workers comp for life, if the company had paid into it and ss# if they're here legally..

Anonymous said...

It a shame and I wonder if he had formal safety training or if he was supervised to uphold safety on this site. I suspect that the site is non-union with unskilled laborers and developed by a construction company that is cutting corners.