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Ouch! Scaffolding plummets several stories onto worker

The Brooklyn Paper

A construction worker was injured at the Smith–Ninth Street subway station in Gowanus on Wednesday afternoon when he was hit in the head with a section of falling scaffolding, transit officials said.

Workers were dismantling scaffolding underneath the elevated train hub when a section broke loose and fell several stories, beaning the guy in the brain case, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Emergency medical services personnel responded to a 2:31 pm 911 call, treated the fellow on-site, and drove him to Lutheran Medical Center, according to the Fire Department.

The injured worker is an employee of contractor Fox Industries, a transit rep said. A man who answered the phone at Fox Industries on Wednesday afternoon said he had no information about the incident.

The laborer was wearing a helmet and never lost consciousness, according to a Transportation Authority spokeswoman.

The work at the 81-year-old station is apparently a continuation of the botched $41-million overhaul that shuttered the stop for two years and caused it to reopen with cardboard signs in the place of mosaics.

It is not the first time recently that the world’s tallest transit hub has threatened death from above. Scaffolding fell from the station onto a dump truck in September 2013. No one was injured in that incident.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz

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jay from nyc says:
it just does not matter, the MTA kills on average one person a week, they injure many more. What is done? NOTHING. They keep doing what they always do, a bad job.
July 2, 9:37 pm
Where's OSHA? says:
OSHA should be all over this.
July 3, 6:22 am
Where's OSHA? says:
And the NTSB should be all over this as well.
July 3, 6:23 am
Pete from CarrollGardens says:
Article doesn't say it was MTA workers doing the job.
Mentions a private company contractor. But go ahead and make stupid comments anyway.
July 3, 9:43 am
Peter from not from Carroll Gardens says:
...stupid and unsubstantiated comments. Fifty-two MTA employees die every year? Or roughly one-sixth as many people as are murdered in New York City on an annual basis? Why isn't the media all over this?
July 3, 12:38 pm
ilia from bensohurst says:
Fox industry ltd .is the worst company they think there workers are slave. They dont care who dies they dont care for the safety .they just like tu push the worker to the maximum . They tell you to work on on safe places .if u refuse u get fired.
July 10, 12:56 pm

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