Another fatal construction accident at Brookfield’s 1 Manhattan West

Worker fell from property this afternoon; another was injured but is in stable condition

Manhattan West development (Credit: Brookfield)
Manhattan West development (Credit: Brookfield)

An electrical contractor fell to his death at 1 Manhattan West Thursday afternoon, the second such fatality at the Brookfield Property Partners’ development since June.

A 45-year-old worker who was employed by a Queens-based contractor fell out of a bucket lift on the third floor of the project and died. Another man, also 45, fell from the bucket as well, and was rushed to hospital, according to Gothamist. He is reported to be in stable condition.

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AECOM Tishman is the general contractor on the project at 400 West 33rd Street, which is union run. “We are deeply saddened by this terrible tragedy and we are actively cooperating with all relevant agencies to investigate the matter,” a spokesperson for the firm said. “There are no further details at this time.”

Gary LaBarbera, the president of the Building and Construction Trades Council, said that “construction is one of the most dangerous industries in New York City and even the best trained workers are not immune to accidents.”

Earlier today, a construction worker died while working on Fortis Property Group’s condominium project 1 Seaport.  The City Council will next week vote on a construction safety bill that would mandate at least 40 hours of safety training for workers. [Gothamist]Miriam Hall