Collapsed wall at Bed-Stuy construction site kills 1, injures 2

Incident occurred at 656 Myrtle Avenue late Thursday morning

New York /
Sep.September 03, 2015 05:09 PM

A 19-year-old construction worker was killed and two others sustained serious injuries when a building undergoing conversion at 656 Myrtle Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant collapsed late Thursday morning.

The three construction workers, who have not yet been identified, were excavating the site when a rear wall toppled onto them. Two sustained serious head injuries and the other was in cardiac arrest when first responders arrived.

All three were rushed to area hospitals, where one was pronounced dead. City fire officials said the wall was not properly supported. Five other workers on the site did not sustain any injuries, according to DNAinfo.

Property records show Chaim and Esther Green own the property. Green filed permits in May 2014 to enlarge the one-story Bed-Stuy retail building into a five-story residential building. The new structure was expected to include two duplex apartments and ground-floor retail.

General contractor Y&S Framers Inc. could not immediately be reached for comment.

Green’s Myrtle Avenue property was hit with two violations last year, including one severe violation, according to Department of Buildings records. He was fined $1,500 for failing to correct a violation from August for wood falling from the front facade onto the pedestrian walkway on Myrtle Avenue. A more recent citizen complaint found that a wall was not “stable.”

Green also owns a three-unit residential building at 128 Hooper Street in Williamsburg.

The death of the 19-year-old worker represents the second fatality at a work site this week in New York City. A 30-year-old worker at an Upper East Side co-op was killed when he fell from scaffolding. [DNAinfo] — Kyna Doles


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
From top left: Andres Levine, Betty and Gil Guerra, Bonnie and David_Epstein, Brad Cohen, Claudio and Maria Obias-Bonnefoy, Edgar Gonzalez, Elaine Sabino
Surfside rescue mission frustrates condo victims’ loved ones
Surfside rescue mission frustrates condo victims’ loved ones
Champlain Tower South at 9301 Collins Avenue (Getty)
150 missing in deadly Surfside condo collapse: Here’s what we know
150 missing in deadly Surfside condo collapse: Here’s what we know
8777 Collins Avenue (Getty)
Surfside condo building collapse leaves at least one dead, more fatalities expected
Surfside condo building collapse leaves at least one dead, more fatalities expected
City officials say inadequate support for a retaining wall led to the death of construction worker Jashim Mia. (NYPD via Twitter)
City identifies cause of fatal wall collapse in Brooklyn
City identifies cause of fatal wall collapse in Brooklyn
MCM President Jorge Munilla and a photo of the bridge collapse (Linkedin, Getty)
Contractor involved in deadly Miami bridge collapse alleges design firm botched review
Contractor involved in deadly Miami bridge collapse alleges design firm botched review
A construction worker at One Vanderbilt in August (Getty)
City reports decline in construction-related injuries, deaths
City reports decline in construction-related injuries, deaths
729 Seventh Avenue and Erica Tishman (Google Maps, Getty)
Husband of falling-facade victim files wrongful-death suit
Husband of falling-facade victim files wrongful-death suit
Golden Shopping Mall at 41-28 Main Street in Flushing (Credit: Google Maps)
Woman killed by panel that fell from Queens strip mall: officials
Woman killed by panel that fell from Queens strip mall: officials
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...