The Dept. of Buildings has issued stop work orders at a Manhattan apartment building where a construction worker fell to his death and has cited the general contractor for violations. The worker, identified as Adrien Zamora, apparently lost his footing and fell from scaffolding while doing façade work at 450 Broome St. in SoHo on May 17th, DOB says.
The violations issued May 18th to the GC, Brasal Construction Corp., New York, include “failure to protect all persons and parties affected by construction operations” and “building the scaffolding contrary to approved plans,” a DOB spokeswoman says. She did not supply details about the approved plans.
“After further investigation, it was determined that the worker was not working in a protected area with railings and guardrails and, therefore, he should have been wearing a safety harness secured to an anchorage point,” the spokeswoman says. Also, the worker had not taken a mandatory 30-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) course as required for the work he was performing, she says.
DOB and OSHA are investigating the incident.