Monday, May 11, 2020

Partial Stop Work Order at the tech hub after worker rescued from scaffolding collapse

In late April, the Department of Buildings deemed that the Zero Irving (tech hub!) development was an essential construction project here on 14th Street at Irving Place.

Construction started up again on May 1, per the 14th at Irving Construction website, which outlined the COVID-19 measurements put in place, including screening each worker entering the job site for fever via a third-party practitioner.

Meanwhile, there was a non-virus-related safety breach at the site with reports of a scaffolding collapse this past Friday afternoon. Here's the alert via the Citizen app...

The incident happened in the back of the building, and wasn't visible from 14th Street. The FDNY reported that "scaffolding gave way with a worker on."

Instagram user @Bubbahtweet posted photos of the incident on Friday afternoon...

There's also a clip of the man seen being pulled to safety by his co-workers...

Subsequently, there's now a partial stop work order for the address, 124 E. 14th St. Per the ALL-CAP Style of the DOB: "INADEQUATE SAFETY MEASURES FOR DOKA INSTALLATION. STOP ALL USE/INSTALLATION OF DOKA SYSTEM PROVIDE SAFETY MEASURES."

The 21-floor building, developed jointly by the city’s Economic Development Corp. and RAL Development Services, will feature 14 floors of market-rate office space as well as "a technology training center and incubator, co-working spaces, state-of-the-art event space, and street level food hall on the seven floors beneath," per the Zero Irving announcement issued last October.

The new building sits on the former site of a P.C. Richard & Son.

Previously on EV Grieve:
P.C. Richard is gone on 14th Street; preservationists want answers about tech-hub commitments


Anonymous said...

Definitely not essential, except for debla$io donors

Will said...

Feeling very relieved the man made it out okay