A 33 year old construction worker died after falling in an elevator shaft in New York. The accident occurred on 24th Street near Park Ave in Gramercy Park. Ju Cong Wu wasn’t attached to the safety line when he felt 100 feet down an elevator shaft. The man was working for U-Tek elevator and was part of a team that was installing an elevator car in a 12-story hotel project. Workers told the NY daily News that the site was non-union and that they didn’t know what caused the accident. The New York City Department of Buildings issued a stop-work order and launched an investigation. A total of 17 complaints about the site were filed last year. Among them there were two safety complaints in August, another complaint in April mentioned workers were not wearing safety equipment. In March another complaint was filed about insecure debris flying off the building. Ju Cong Wu is the first construction worker to die in New York City this year. Last year 12 workers died on construction sites in the city.
The same day a man who was renovating window fell to his death on Tuesday around 2:55 pm. 26 year old John Davie was doing some construction work with his father and another man in an apartment located on the sixth floor of a building on Saunders Street near 62nd Drive in Rego Park, Queens. John was working on the renovation of the window when he fell out of it. His father could only watch in horror and his mother collapsed outside of the building 10 minutes later after her son succumbed to his injuries.