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Construction worker fatally struck by metal at Vornado and Aurora’s 61 Ninth Avenue

He was standing on scaffolding just above the street
December 18, 2017 05:20PM

61 Ninth Avenue (Credit: VNO)

A construction worker died Monday morning after a piece of metal fell and struck him on the head at Aurora Capital Associates and Vornado Realty Trust’s 61 Ninth Avenue.

The 34-year-old worker, who has not yet been publicly identified by authorities, was found unconscious at the corner of West 15th Street and Ninth Avenue at 8:40 a.m., the New York Daily News reported.

The worker was pronounced dead an hour later at Lenox Hill Hospital.

According to amNY, an anchoring bracket came loose and hit the worker, who was standing on scaffolding just above street level.

The site has 11 open building code violations, the Daily News reported. Most of these violations were filed against general contractor TG Nickel & Associates for scaffolding violations, according to the Department of Buildings.

“We are taking care of it. Safety is our first priority,” a spokesperson for TG Nickel told amNY.

Vornado and Aurora Capital are developing a 145,000-square-foot office space with a 20,000-square-foot ground floor retail component on the site. Insurance giant Aetna was reportedly in talks to lease the entire office component, though it was unclear whether its merger with CVS Health would change the company’s plans. [NYDN and amNY]Kathryn Brenzel