Work resumes on lower floors of Trump SoHo

One worker died in scaffolding collapse weeks ago
February 21, 2008 8:45:43 AM PST
Work is resuming at a Donald Trump high-rise for the first time since a construction worker plunged 40 stories to his death while helping to pour concrete.But the construction that began Thursday morning at the Trump SoHo condominium project does not involve work on the highest floors, or work with cranes or concrete.

The Department of Buildings is allowing Bovis Lend Lease, the contractor, to work on the first 23 floors of the 42-story tower.

In addition, workers on the 40th floor are removing portions of concrete decking that collapsed. That is part of a forensic investigation into the Jan. 14 accident, which killed Yurly Vanschytskyy and seriously injured two others.

Bovis also agreed to add a full-time safety manager to the job, give its workers more training and enclosing the upper floors of the building in protective scaffolding and netting.

The city has proposed registering all contractors and new regulations for concrete pouring after this and several other recent accidents at high-rise sites.


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