Manhattan scaffolding collapse kills one, injures three others

136 East 36 Street in Manhattan.
Site of the scaffolding collapse at 136 East 36 Street in Manhattan. (FDNY image)

One person was killed, and at least three others were injured, when a section of a building plummeted into a construction rig and a scaffolding at a Manhattan building on July 16, FDNY officials say.

The New York Daily News reported witnesses and police said a piece of parapet dropped from the roof of a 12-story condo building on E. 36th St. at Lexington Ave. in Murray Hill, crashing into a scaffolding one story below.

The collapse rained debris into a rig suspended from the building that held two construction workers, The rig, in turn, slammed into a scaffolding below.

”It sounded like something bad happened,” the News quoted resident  Randy Kronish as saying. “The carriage (rig) was right by my window… The workers could see right inside.”

The workers were performing facade restoration work for Edras Group Corp. when the collapse happened. Department of Buildings officials have started investigating.


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