Worker killed by falling crane hook at Downtown boutique hotel construction site

The scene: Falling material from a crane at a Bond Street construction site on Tuesday afternoon killed a worker. The city blocked off windows at the site with pink paper.
Community News Group / Lauren Gill

A 43-year-old Bronx man is dead after construction equipment fell on him at the Downtown construction site of a boutique hotel on Tuesday afternoon, according to law enforcement authorities.

Police and emergency responders arrived at the site at Bond and Schermerhorn streets at 1:21 pm and found victim Paul Kennedy dead with severe trauma to the head and body, cops said.

Workers were drilling piles at the site when a cable on the drilling rig snapped and a hook landed on Kennedy, according to a complaint lodged with the Department of Buildings.

Developers GB Lodging and GFI Development Company — the same company behind the Ace Hotel in Manhattan — are building a 13-story “lifestyle” hotel on the property, which is slated to open in 2017.

The Department of Buildings has issued a full stop-work order at the site, according to a spokesman.

The agency has issued only one safety violation to the lot in the past — inspectors found tripping and slipping hazards in May, according to city records.

Construction company Broadway Construction group, GB Lodging, workers on the scene, and site’s safety coordinator Barry Thomas of Construction and Realty Services Group all declined to comment.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Coming soon: A 13-story hotel is being built on the site.
Community News Group / Lauren Gill

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