Worker in fatal fall at N.Y.U.

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  A man doing facade work at a New York University building died last Friday after he fell from the sixth floor onto a third-floor roof.

On Fri., Nov. 15, at 11:30 a.m., police responded to a report of an injured man at 19 University Place.

They found a Hispanic man in his 40s on the rooftop of 269 Greene St. with body trauma. Emergency Medical Service medics transported him to Bellevue, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

According to Phil Lentz, a university spokesperson, the man had been doing brickwork on the facade.

After the accident, N.Y.U. released the following statement: “An employee for D.P. Consulting Corp. working on a construction project at 19 University Place, N.Y.U.’s Languages and Literature Building, apparently fell and suffered fatal injuries this morning. N.Y.U. immediately shut down the construction site, where facade work was underway. The university has also shut down all facade work at the university to ensure that our contractors are in compliance with their safety plans. N.Y.U. prides itself on its excellent safety record and will cooperate with any government investigation of this tragic incident. Our deepest sympathies go out to the worker’s family.”

Lentz said the work wasn’t related to Local Law 11, which requires the maintenance of building exteriors.

Earlier this week, all N.Y.U. exterior work was still on hold.

Lentz said, “We are hopeful this review will be completed this week and construction work will resume Friday for all exterior projects — except for those projects by D.P. Consulting Corp., the contractor at 19 University Place. There is no timetable for resuming projects by D.P. Consulting pending the investigations by OHSA and the Department of Buildings.”