Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Wilson Street illegal excavation leads to cave-in
Several workers had to be dug out of the ground by firefighters after ground they were working in outside a Brooklyn rowhouse gave way Monday, burying them up to their waists in dirt, fire officials said.
The workers were digging an extension in the yard of a rowhouse on Wilson Street in Williamsburg that was under renovation at the time of the accident, authorities said. Two of the buried workers had to be dug out by firefighters; a third was able to extricate himself from the dirt.
The men suffered minor injuries.
NBC 4 New York has learned the building owner did not have a permit for the construction work.
The Department of Buildings put stop-work orders on the landlord's building and evacuated several neighboring buildings, including a home and a synagogue, as a precaution. Dismissal at a nearby school was also modified.
Posted by Queens Crapper at 6:40 AM
But did they find the hidden treasure???
Hard to find good help at the Home Depot parking lot.
What is the landlord's liability here?
Maybe the city should pass a law that states: if work is done WITHOUT permits, and laborers are hurt/killed, then the owner forfeits possession of his/her property immediately and without redress.
I guess mission accomplished?
What a shame, now where's a frivolous spending hipster imbecile looking to drop 2750 a month to dwell in a makeshift drywall partitioned apt in a basement going to live now?
If he or she doesn't have the patience to wait for the mayor big slow's affordable housing scam that's meant for them.
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