NYC Fire Wire
Three people were injured — one seriously — after scaffolding blew off a roof into the courtyard of a bar next door, the FDNY said.
Construction crews were working on the bulkhead of the roof of a 12-story building on 4th Avenue, near President Street, on the border of Park Slope and Gowanus Sunday afternoon when a gust of wind blew the scaffolding around the bulkhead off the roof, FDNY Deputy Chief James McNally said.
The scaffolding flew into the courtyard of a two-story bar next door, injuring three patrons, McNally said.
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The incident happened at 311 East 50th Street between Second and First avenues around 12:15 p.m., FDNY officials said.
The worker, later identified as 51-year-old Nelson Salinas, was on suspended scaffolding with one other person, officials said. The other person on the scaffolding was not hit or injured.
"I feel so sad. It's already dangerous, the construction job," said Jenny Chen, who worked at a store across the street from the incident.
"I heard some noise and screaming. I went outside and just see the one guy laying down where they are working," said Jimmy Kant, who also works nearby.