Violations at Midtown site where worker fell to his death

ByEyewitness News via WABC logo
Saturday, April 19, 2014
midtown construction death

MIDTOWN (WABC) -- The Department of Buildings says there are more than three dozen open violations at a Manhattan construction site where a worker fell 13 stories to his death.

The worker, 34-year old Lukasz Stolarski of Brooklyn, was found dead around 3:30 p.m. Monday on a scaffold at 424 West 33rd Street, between Ninth and Tenth avenues, in Midtown.

He landed on top of a sidewalk shed.

At the time, workers were completing facade restoration work. Stolarski was standing on a ledge between the roof and penthouse level when he fell. Officials say he was not wearing a harness.

Multiple violations were issued including failure to safeguard persons or property; failure to report an accident; no record of daily inspection of suspended scaffold; work doesn't conform to approved plans; failure to provide approved plans; failure to provide guardrails; and failure to provide protection.

There are 41 open violations at the location, including 6 for work without a permit all related to illegal signs.

A full stop work order was issued by the city at the site.

The area is home to several major construction zones, including two projects involving development over nearby rail tracks.

A fire department spokesman says another person was taken to Bellevue Hospital complaining of chest pains.