A construction worker died in Bellevue Hospital today after falling six stories from NYU’s Languages and Literature Building around 11:00 a.m. The man was found on the roof of 269 Greene Street, located next to the Cantor Film Center and adjacent to the building on which he was repairing the facade. The worker was described to NYU Local as “male, Hispanic, and in his forties” by the NYPD Public Relations Department.
When asked about the incident hours later, students lined up for class at Cantor were unaware that anything had happened in the area. The facade of the Languages and Literature building, located at 19 University Place, has been under construction since June 25 of this year, and the project’s extended deadline was set for sometime in December, an NYU spokesman told DNAinfo.
NYU’s Director for Public Affairs Philip Lentz said the company in charge of the construction, D.P. Consulting Corporation, is currently being investigated to ensure the company was “in compliance with their safety plans,” and until then NYU has “shut down the construction site, where façade work was underway.” The NYU website about the construction site explains that the workers were “using a swing scaffold to lower themselves down the side of the building,” and the “work [was] done with [the use of] small hand tools.”
“NYU prides itself on its excellent safety record and will cooperate with any government investigation of this tragic incident,” said Lentz. “Our deepest sympathies go out to the worker’s family.” We will continue to update this post as more information is released.