Questions are circulating after a construction worker – on the job with two of his sons – was crushed to death by falling debris on a Brooklyn, New York job site.
“I saw that he was dying,” said Pierre Paredes, the son of the deceased, Over Paredes, 44. “This could have been avoided.”
Pierre Paredes and his brother were working with their father at a Brooklyn job site the day before Thanksgiving. According to an investigation by the Department of Buildings, Over Paredes was on the roof of the building when a wall panel carried by a fork lift tipped over and landed on the worker, crushing him to death. Pierre Paredes witnessed the accident and pulled his father out from under the metal wall. He says he believes the accident occurred because of the high winds that he thinks were strong enough that no one should have been working on the roof that day.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has called for a full investigation into the death. “On the day of the incident, the crane operators had reportedly refused to use the crane because of high winds,” Adams said. What he wants to know is whether those crane operators warned supervisors that the conditions were too dangerous to work in. “We want to make sure that this wasn’t a way of circumventing a decision by the crane operators.”
The Department of Buildings has issued a stop work order on the site as well as issued a violation to the general contractor, Empire ID Construction, for failure to safeguard the construction site. More enforcement actions related to the incident may be issued following a larger investigation.