Toxic Fumes at Construction Site

Not only do construction workers have to worry about getting hurt by falling debris or cranes, they have to worry about getting sick from the fumes of different chemicals that are on site. Thus is the case with workers at 741 Eight Avenue this morning.

Three construction workers were injured Wednesday at a Midtown job site after being exposed to chemical fumes, with one worker in critical condition. The workers were working at 741 Eighth Avenue, between West 46th and West 47th streets, when they fell ill around 2 p.m., the New York City Fire Department said. The site, also known as 301 West 46th Street, will hold the 31-story Hotel Riu Plaza New York Times Square. The FDNY’s HazMat team responded to the scene in an attempt to identify the chemical that sickened the workers as well as its source, a spokesperson said. At the same construction site last year, a 25-year-old man fell to his death after riding an elevator powered by an “unsafe,” jerry-rigged electrical system, the New York Daily News reported last year.”

This comes after reports that the City plans on increasing the amounts per safety violation, in order to reduce the number of accidents and injuries on constructions jobs.



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