In Brooklyn, New York, six construction workers were injured when a Crown Heights building partially collapsed.
According to AM New York, workers were unloading cinder blocks onto the roof of a Crown Heights brownstone building. A New York Fire Department (FDNY) spokesman said it was just before 10 a.m. last Tuesday. Suddenly a portion of the roof collapsed and crumbled into the basement.
Fire Rescue workers dragged six of the nine members of the construction crew from the rubble. The location of the other three were unknown at the time of the news report.
The site’s general contractor for Z&J Management LCC, Vladimir Uchen, said the crane operator made the error while unloading the cement blocks.
“The driver from the [crane] made a little mistake and look what happened,” said Uchen. “The building collapsed. He tried to take off the fork from the cinder block, and he took the fork and the cinder block together.”
Norman Harrison, 67, one of the site’s uninjured construction workers, was present during the incident. When he saw the roof collapse, he rushed into the building to help. He recounted hearing one coworker screaming, and found another trapped between a two-by-four and another wooden plank.
The six injured workers were rushed to NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County. Four of the workers were considered to be in serious condition, and two of them were in stable condition. At least one of them sustained a significant leg injury.
A spokesman for the Department of Buildings said a stop-work order was issued Tuesday afternoon, and multiple violations were expected to be received. Ten residents in the neighboring buildings have been temporarily relocated until the safety and stability of the building under construction is known.