Construction worker injured after fall from scaffolding

Photo May 25, 9 57 08 AM
A construction worker was injured Wednesday after falling from scaffolding in Crown Heights.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

A construction worker is recovering in the hospital after falling from scaffolding on the job in Crown Heights.

The worker was on the clock at 46 Buffalo Ave., near Atlantic Avenue, where a developer is constructing a new four-story residential building, when he fell about 10 feet from construction scaffolding. He was briefly trapped under debris until being rescued by FDNY firefighters.

EMS transported the worker to Kings County Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, where he is still recovering. Another person on-site refused an offer of medical treatment.

Workers Justice Project members light candles in memory of colleagues who died on the job.File Photo by Adrian Childress

Brooklyn saw the highest number of construction site safety violations of any borough in the past two years, according to the Department of Buildings, with over 26,000 violations issued in 2021. Three people died on the job at Brooklyn construction sites last year, tied for most of any borough with Manhattan. Both workers and industry honchos say the industry is getting safer, however, owing to new licensing requirements and worker-led trainings to imbue employees with knowledge of their rights.