A construction worker died Monday morning after a metal pipe plummeted down from scaffolding and struck him in the head while he was working at a Chelsea site, cops said.
Police officers arrived at the Ninth Ave. scene near 15th St. at about 8:40 a.m. and found the 34-year-old worker, who has not been publicly identified, sprawled on the ground, officials said. He had suffered severe head trauma, and was unconscious and unresponsive.
Medics rushed him to Lenox Hill Hospital, where he died an hour later.
Cops were investigating the incident Monday, and the city Medical Examiner will determine the worker’s cause of death.
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A site safety manager on the scene called the Buildings Department stating that two workers were performing an unspecified task when “something struck one worker in the head,” Building Department records show.
City inspectors have been at the site repeatedly since September, citing one contractor for multiple scaffolding-related violations and twice partially shutting down work, records show.
On Sept. 21, inspectors shut down the site when they found the scaffolding was not built to code. Work resumed Oct. 17, but on Nov. 27 a worker who was not secured with a safety harness fell off the scaffolding and injured his wrist. The Department of Buildings issued a violation for unsafe conditions.
The site was again partially shut down on Dec. 1 due to problems with scaffolding. The stop-work order was fully lifted Dec. 8 after the site was made safe, records show.
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The site has 11 open building code violations, of which 10 were filed against TG Nickel & Associates of Long Island for scaffolding violations. The firm faces $7,690 in fines and penalties.
On Monday an unidentified employee at TG Nickel said the company was aware of the incident and referred a reporter to the firm’s general counsel, who did not immediately return a call seeking a response.
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