A construction worker was injured on Monday morning at the future site of a 300-foot free-fall ride to be built atop a 1,000-foot-tall building on 8th Avenue.
The accident happened at the construction site on the corner of 45th and 8th Ave in Hell’s Kitchen at around 10am. The Department of Buildings (DOB) reported that “a worker fell down the stairs tower”.
EMS from NYC Langone Hospital and FDNY firefighters from the nearby Ladder 21 worked together to recover the worker from the site. Firefighters rigged up a pulley system on their ladder to haul the worker up in a basket. The DOB reported that the man was taken by ambulance to NYU Langone for evaluation for neck and back injury.
DOB have cited the construction company for site conditions endangering workers. They said in their report that there had been a “summons issued for failure to maintain housekeeping as per code and inadequate pre-shift safety meeting for scope of work.”
DOB say that an inspection after the accident “revealed standing water in the area of the stair tower,” which created a “slip and fall hazard condition”.
In a previous incident in July this year, a worker suffered a “major injury” at the same site at 740 8th Avenue. That time, a worker fell six or seven feet when his ladder was struck by a piece of equipment being hoisted by an excavator, according to FDNY and Building Department officials. After that incident, DOB issued a summons for a failure to institute safety measures after finding the hoisting operation was not coordinating with the rest of the crew.
The supertall development by Extell Development Group, currently in excavation stage, will include a 1,067-foot tall, 51-story hotel with 1,000 rooms, boasting an observation deck and a 90-second “free drop” indoor amusement park ride, propelling thrill-seekers 260 feet into the sky before a descent. Designed by architects SLCE and ODA, the skyscraper is slated for a 2027 opening.
There has been opposition to the project from local advocacy groups and members of Manhattan Community Board 5’s Land Use Committee (MCB5). They argue that construction noise, congestion, and the density of the amusement park ride will negatively impact nearby businesses and residents’ quality of life. MCB5 Land Use Chair Layla Law-Gisiko expressed uncertainty about the appropriateness of amusement rides in Midtown, citing that it’s not a permitted use and could set a precedent for similar projects in the area, potentially including casinos.
*Additional reporting by Ariel Pacheco and Richard Moore.