BREAKING NEWS MIDTOWN MANHATTAN — A worker falls to his death 24 stories down an elevator shaft into the cellar of a construction site for a 29-story luxury hotel building, according to officials.
The elevator collapse around 12:40 p.m. at 301 W. 46th St., near Eighth Avenue at the site of the future Riu Hotel. The worker who remain unidentified dead at Bellevue Hospital at 1:26 p.m., according to NYPD.
There had been previous safety citations when another worker fell from the fifth to the second floor during demolition of the building in July 2013, according to Department of Buildings records.
The Spanish-owned hotel is designed by Berg and Flynn Architecture and is being being built by the Rinaldi Group.
“The Rinaldi Group is incredibly saddened by this horrible accident and our prayers are with the family,” officials at the company said.
The building’s owner, Pinapple Developments, did not immediately responded to requests for comment.
The accident is still under investigation.
Construction Accidents New York
Jan 9, 2015, a repairmen was crushed to death by an elevator car in Manhattan. The man was in an elevator shaft at 75 West End Ave. on the Upper West Side when an empty elevator moved down three floors, pinning him underneath it.
April 8, 2015 at 12:18 Emergency crews responded to a construction accident in Midtown that left four workers injured. Officials say they were removing a chandelier inside 331 Madison Avenue when a railing gave way.
April 2015 a worker was killed—when he fell six stories from a building in Brighton Beach.
April 7, 2015 – Four injured after wall collapse in Midtown Manhattan. The four men were doing demolition on the first floor mezzanine inside the Madison Ave. office building near E. 43rd St. when a masonry wall began falling towards them. The workers fell off the mezzanine onto the floor one story below.
August 6, 2014 – Two construction workers were injured when an elevator malfunctioned — coming off its track and falling several feet — at a West Village apartment building.
“Every year, thousands of construction workers are injured or killed at New York construction job sites.” says Paul Ajlouny, New York personal injury lawyer. This is yet another casualty for the records of hazardous workplace. Especially since reports indicate that safety inspectors found floor openings without the required railings and cited the owner for unsafe work conditions.” Says, Mr. Ajlouny.