Construction Worker with No PPE Falls from Sixth Floor

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New York -- A 59 year old construction worker who was installing a window at the Domino Sugar Factory project fell from the 6th floor without personal protective equipment (PPE).

He fell on Friday morning and died after being rushed to Woodhull Hospital.  He fell from the sixth floor and landed two floors below on scaffolding.

"I'm guessing he wasn't strapped in," said a worker on site.  "Usually when you're working on the exterior of the building you are strapped in."

A source at the site confirmed that he was not wearing fall protection.

Construction was halted with Two Trees Management releasing a statement, "We are overwhelmed  with grief by this tragic accident and extend our deepest condolences to his family, loved ones, and collegues," said a company spokesman.

This isn't the first time construction was halted there.  Partial stop-work orders were put on the project a handful of times for safety issues.  One was for demolition without protective netting.

In July a worker suffered head and shoulder injuries after falling down a staircase.

Gary LaBarbera, President of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York said, "Incidents like today's, which are preventable, happen all too often and underscore the need for the mayor, the City Council and the Department of Buildings to work together to enact greater site safety regulations and mandatory safety training and apprenticeship programs."

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