1 Killed, Several Injured After Scaffolding Collapses In Manhattan

Erica Brosnan
July 16, 2020 - 6:09 pm
Scaffolding Collapse In Midtown

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — At least one person was killed and four others were injured when scaffolding collapsed at a building in Manhattan Thursday afternoon.

The incident happened on East 36th Street around 4:30 p.m. near Lexington Avenue.

The city’s Department of Buildings and Office of Emergency Management were notified of the incident. Fire Department operations were immediately underway.

According to the official City of New York Twitter page, one person was killed and four others were injured. All were transported to Bellevue Hospital. Their conditions were not immediately known.

Police say a window-washing machine somehow malfunctioned, then dropped onto a construction shed and scaffolding below. Part of the construction scaffolding then crashed down to the street and the sidewalk.

Earlier in the day, just two blocks from where the scaffolding came down, a building had partially collapsed on Third Avenue

Video from the scene showed a large section of a wall of the vacant multi-story building had come down. 

CBS New York reported nearby buildings were then evacuated as a precaution.

No injuries were reported in that case. 

The DOB is investigating both collapses in the Murray Hill section of Manhattan. 

The incidents come just weeks after a Brooklyn building housing a fitness center suddenly collapsed, causing minor injuries to at least one person.

That incident happened at 348 Court St. near the intersection of Union and Court streets in Carroll Gardens. The building was vacant as it housed The Body Elite gym, which was closed as part of the coronavirus shutdown.

The cause of the two collapses on Thursday and the Brooklyn collapse in early July remain under investigation. 

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