Worker dies in fall from Triborough Bridge

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As acting Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri testified at a City Council hearing on construction safety yesterday, two more accidents took place. A construction worker died in a fall from a scaffold at the Triborough Bridge in Queens. Gino Gelormino, 47, fell 30 feet when he lost his footing on the scaffold. Gelormino won the 1977 Golden Gloves subnovice championship as a 112-pounder fought professionally under the name Young Willie Pep. The iron worker was employed by Koch Skanska, a construction firm working on the bridge’s $275 million rehabilitation. The city’s embattled Department of Buildings said it has no jurisdiction over the project, which is overseen by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority. The project is replacing the bearings installed when the bridge was built in 1936. Also yesterday, during demolition at 883 Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, an I-beam struck a neighboring 25-story office building at 875 Sixth Avenue, leaving an office worker with a minor injury.

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