Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Five Workers Injured in Brighton Beach Building Collapse

By ANDY NEWMAN and TIM STELLOH

Five construction workers were rescued from a five-story apartment building under construction in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, that collapsed on Tuesday afternoon, trapping them beneath debris.

One worker was in critical condition and two were in serious condition, the Fire Department said.
There were no workers missing.

The building, at 2929 Brighton Fifth Street, near Neptune Avenue, fell just before 2:30 p.m.
A concrete worker on the site, Robert Approbato, 53, said the collapse happened immediately after concrete from his truck was pumped up onto the second and third floors of the building.

“Before you know it, it just collapsed,” said Mr. Approbato, whose truck read “Stillwell Ready Mix.” “It sounded like the second floor collapsed and the third floor followed.”

Dozens of firefighters swarmed the scene, digging frantically at the rubble. One man pulled from the debris on a stretcher around 3:10 p.m. was conscious and moving.

The critically injured man was taken to Lutheran Medical Center.

An employee of the Brooklyn-based architect of the building, Bricolage Designs, said the firm could not yet comment on the collapse, but that a structural engineer who designed the building was at the site with Department of Buildings representatives.

There are eight open building permits on the site. On Saturday, someone complained to the Buildings Department that work was being done illegally after-hours.

Firefighters said the framework of the building had been erected, but not much else. Removing the men from the rubble was a delicate and difficult process because of the risk of further collapse. Even after the men were removed, a large piece of corrugated metal hung in front of the building.

Dennis Lenbresitkiy, 18, who lives nearby, said he could hear pieces of the structure falling from several blocks away. “It was like two metal pieces breaking, then a crash,” he said. “It was like a car accident.”

Another neighbor, Candace Echeavarria, 27, watched firefighters carry out a stretcher with one of the workers on it.

“He wasn’t dead, thank God,” she said. “He lifted his head up.”

5 comments:

  1. DROP DEAD UNITY TEAM !

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  2. Was this a union or non union project these contractors should be hauled in if this a non union job for putting lives in jeopardy we as a union should begin to document these projects and let our contractors see what it will cost them in the long run by using shoddy workmenship

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  3. moron its a accident it didnt mean to happen grow up.

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  4. Disposable workers on sale nowNovember 9, 2011 at 4:47 AM

    Dont forget Brothers and Sisters these contractors are the ones that Doug Frank and Johnny would tell you were a good company. This is another example of Lawmakers not doing their jobs.Probably all illegal aliens working for cash afraid to say anything so they have to do batshit things some drunk boss tells them to do.They die doing boss doesn't give a shit and replaces them like a bic lighter, and the cycle continues.Hey just keep sitting on your fat lazy american asses so they can keep doing this and making constructoin industry worse.

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  5. Anonymous said...
    moron its a accident it didnt mean to happen grow up.

    November 8, 2011 8:45 PM

    WERE YOU THE SUPER ON THIS SITE, HOW THE FUCK DO YOU KNOW IT WAS AN ACCIDENT. ODDS ARE IT WAS CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE ! ACCIDENTS ARE NORMALLY THE CONFLUENCE OF A SERIES OF PROFESSIONALLY NEGLIGENT OCCURRENCES

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