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Big accident at tallest building

Construction of the borough’s tallest building, at 111 Lawrence St. in Downtown, was halted on Wednesday after a worker fell several stories and was seriously injured. Here, city and union officials meet to discuss the accident.
The Brooklyn Paper / Mike McLaughlin

A construction worker fell three stories early Wednesday morning in Downtown Brooklyn, bringing work to a halt on what will become Brooklyn’s tallest building.

The worker, Ronald McGovern, 32, survived the fall around 9 am and was rushed unconscious to a hospital, according to co-workers, who lingered outside the site at 111 Lawrence St.

McGovern’s name had been withheld on Wednesday pending family notification. The Daily News printed a full interview with the man on Friday.

“He fell a few stories and wasn’t killed,” one hard hat told The Brooklyn Paper minutes after the accident.

Another laborer said that McGovern did not fall to the street, but landed in a Dumpster.

A spokeswoman for Bovis Lend Lease, the construction company building the 514-feet tall residential tower, told The Brooklyn Paper that McGovern was conscious after the accident and suffered only minor injuries.

He’s fine — and back at his home in Staten Island with his wife and three kids.

The site is being developed by the Clarett Group and will eclipse the Williamsburgh Saving Bank building by two feet at the borough’s ceiling.

An investigation is ongoing.

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