Worker dies in scaffold collapse in NYC

September 12, 2008 9:11:34 AM PDT
Authorities say a construction worker who plummeted about five stories to his death in Manhattan when his scaffold collapsed was wearing a harness but that it was not tethered to the building.Thirty-eight-year-old Miguel Rodriguez became the latest person to die in a series of construction accidents throughout the city.

The Ecuadorean immigrant leaves behind two sons and a wife.

Buildings inspectors issued a stop-work order at the site on West 111th Street after the accident Thursday afternoon.

A construction worker was critically injured when he fell three stories at a Brooklyn site in a separate incident Thursday.

More than 20 people have died in New York City construction accidents this year, including nine in two crane collapses.

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