1 dead, 3 injured in Manhattan scaffolding collapse

MURRAY HILL, Manhattan (WABC) -- Officials say one person is dead at least three are injured after scaffolding collapsed at a building in Midtown on Thursday.

The incident was reported on East 36th Street around 4:30 p.m.

Authorities say it appeared workers were doing facade restoration on the roof level of the 11-story building at the time of the collapse.

The rigging platform gave way and plunged a heap of jagged metal and crumbled rock to the sidewalk shed below.

One worker was killed on the spot and the three others were delicately pulled to safety and taken to the hospital

Of the three injured, two injuries were serious and one was considered minor.

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The city mandates maintenance of building facades to prevent catastrophe. But in this case, it was the work itself that was the danger.

No members of the public were hurt in the collapse.

Officials say the contractor is Edras Group Corporation of Belleville, New Jersey, which has no open violations, but has been cited 43 times for safety violations in the past 10 years.

Council member Ben Kallos released the following statement:

"We cannot keep watching bricks fall, scaffolding collapse, injuring and killing New Yorkers. These bricks should never have been allowed to deteriorate to the point that they fell and the scaffolding should never have collapsed. We must pass a law forcing the inspection of every inch of scaffolding as soon as possible. We must pass a law to require building owners to maintain their buildings or step in as a city and do the work ourselves. My deepest sympathies to the families of those killed and injured in this latest collapse and they have my pledge to keep fighting so no one faces the same threat."

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