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Worker dies after fall at UES co-op building

Man fell 13 floors from scaffolding at 363 East 76th Street

September 01, 2015 06:20PM

363 East 76th Street on the Upper East Side

363 East 76th Street on the Upper East Side

UPDATED, 6:48 p.m., Sept. 1: A worker died Tuesday afternoon after falling 13 floors from scaffolding at the Sherman Towers co-op building on the Upper East Side.

The 30-year-old man fell from a scaffold on the 14th floor of the building, at 363 East 76th Street near the corner of First Avenue, onto a sidewalk shed. The incident occurred around 4 p.m., and the worker was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital shortly after 4:30 p.m., where he was pronounced dead.

Sources at the scene told DNAinfo that the man was bleeding from the head when EMS officials arrived. It was not clear whether he was wearing a safety harness when he fell from the scaffolding.

The incident marks the second fatal construction accident in the last week. A worker at Friedman Landis’ 400 Times Square on Aug. 25 fell four stories through a hole designated as an elevator shaft. He was not wearing a safety harness, officials said.

Spurred by a building boom, construction injuries rose 34 percent in fiscal year 2015 and fatalities rose from six to 11, according to the city.

Federal and local officials are investigating the incident at the Sherman Towers.

The 20-story co-op houses 215 residential units across 208,000 square feet. [DNAinfo] — Rey Mashayekhi