Just one day after Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a new law requiring at least 40 hours of safety training for all 185,000 of the city’s construction workers, a partial roof collapse at a Brooklyn construction site left 6 workers injured, 2 of them serious.
On the morning of October 17, a load of CMU block was loaded onto a brownstone in Crown Heights, New York City, when the concentrated weight of the blocks caused a partial collapse all the way to the basement of the building. Of the 9 total workers on site, 6 of them suffered injuries to the head, arm, chest, and leg, according to the New York Daily News.
FDNY Brooklyn Borough Commander Assistant Chief Dwayne Cartwright told the NY Daily News that "There were (joists) that was being put up to support the first and second floors. So when the concentrated load fell from the roof, it displaced the (joists) and some of that fell into the basement area.”
Of the 6 injured that were taken to the hospital, 3 were able to leave the building under their own power. One of the serious injuries involved a leg fracture.
We hope that all of the injured workers make a speedy and full recovery.
Below is a short video, from CBS New York, which shows the aftermath of the collapse:
Full story: Collapse at Brooklyn construction site injures six workers — two seriously | New York Daily News
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If you can believe it, we’re already in the middle of gift giving season as December is quickly approaching. Sorting through dozens of aisles in stores and hundreds of pages on line looking for that perfect gift for the construction professional in your life can leave you confused and frustrated. Construction Junkie is here to save the day with our 3rd Annual Ultimate Construction Holiday Gift Guide. Be sure to check out our 2015 and 2016 guide for additional ideas!
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With that growth assumption in mind, let's take a look at how much steel and iron workers are currently being paid in each state.