Worker killed in Brooklyn building collapse; overloaded floor decking blamed

One worker was killed after he and others plunged 40 feet through an unfinished upscale Brooklyn townhouse building.

September 14, 2012

One worker was killed after he and others plunged 40 feet through an unfinished upscale Brooklyn townhouse building. One construction worker was crushed to death and another was badly injured.

A site supervisor called down to the crane operator to stop him from dropping more pallets onto an unfinished floor, but the warning came too late. Under the heavy load, an I-beam gave way. The city is investigating whether the contractor cut corners on materials or whether the crane operator mishandled the load he was delivering.

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