Construction worker killed in NYC crane accident at Trump site


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Jan 26, 2005
by The Associated Press
Monday January 14, 2008, 4:54 PM

A crane accident today at a Donald Trump hotel-condominium tower under construction in Manhattan's trendy SoHo neighborhood killed a worker and injured two other people, authorities said.

The worker, whose identity wasn't immediately revealed, died about 2 p.m., police said. The two other people were taken to a hospital, one with serious injuries, one with minor injuries, fire department officials said.

C.J. Franzitta, who works in advertising about five blocks away, said he saw the accident from his office window. He said part of the crane was holding a collection of steel beams and appeared to let go.

He said he heard a rumble and told a shocked co-worker, "Oh, my God, look up there!" as at least one giant steel beam fell.

Franzitta said the crane was about 40 stories up and the accident caused one floor to collapse into another. The crane "seemed to be going at breakneck speed -- up and down, up and down," he said.

Inspectors from the city's Department of Buildings were at the scene investigating, spokeswoman Robin Brooks said.

Trump's executive assistant, Rhona Graff, referred inquiries about the accident to the contractor overseeing the project, Bovis Lend Lease, a global firm that has handled some of the city's biggest developments. A telephone call to Bovis wasn't immediately returned today.

The planned 45-story Trump building is scheduled to open in 2009.

The accident comes five weeks after a Linden window-washer was killed when he fell 47 stories from a New York skyscraper. Edgar Moreno, 30, struck a fence and was killed instantly in the Dec. 7 accident. His brother Alcides Moreno, 37, also of Linden, broke at least 10 bones but is expected to make a near 100 percent recovery, doctors said.