18 Injured After Scaffolding Accident in New York CitySep 21, 2011 | Parker Waichman LLP
A Queens-based demolition company will be cited today, following yesterday's scaffolding and partial building collapse in Harlem. The collapse injured 18 people, including some who were passengers on a New York City bus.
Councilwoman Inez Dickens told DNAinfo.com that Disano Demolition will be hit with six violations. The owner of the five-story building undergoing demolition will also face one violation. Dickens said equipment was found that should not have been on the site and the demolition was not done correctly.
The accident occurred at 125th West Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, and the scaffolding collapsed and fell onto a Bx15 bus. Buildings immediately neighboring the site partially collapsed after the first building went down.
A total of 11 people were sent to area hospitals yesterday following the collapse, which occurred at 9:26 a.m. According to The New York Times, eight of the injured were bus passengers, and two were police officers. All of the injuries were minor.
According to a report from the Columbia Spectator, the building being demolished had been vacant since 2005, and was part of the Brownfield Cleanup Program, an environmental initiative by the state to redevelop and reuse contaminated properties. The building owner received a demolition permit in April, and work started in June. On September 7, the building was the subject of a complaint about falling bricks, but an inspection by the Department of Buildings resulted in no violations.
A police spokesperson told The New York Times that according to preliminary reports, bricks fell rom the buiding during work on the elevator shaft and onto the scaffolding, knocking it down.