2 Construction Workers Killed At Upper West Side Site

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Two construction workers died Tuesday after they fell five stories from a landing at an Upper West Side construction site.

The iron workers, aged  51 and 49, were rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital in serious and critical condition at around 10:30 a.m. from the site located at 150 West 83rd Street and Amsterdam Avenue.

The men — identified as 49-year-old Brett McEnroe and 51-year-old Roy Powell — were declared dead shortly after 11 a.m.

One man, who lives across the street from the accident, said he has always been concerned about the work site.

WCBS 880 Reporter Monica Miller spoke with an area resident who was concerned about the site.

“The wind, the snow — you see what happens.  How high that goes up — it shakes.  The wind goes fifty to sixty miles an hour,” he told WCBS 880’s Monica Miller.

Oscar Sanchez, who works at a nearby parking garage, said firefighters and ambulances rushed to the scene after the iron workers fell.

1010 WINS Reporter Juliet Papa talked with a witness to the emergency response

“They brought the first guy out and they were pumping his chest and they took him in the ambulance.  He left and they brought a second guy down also…he fell about fifty feet,” he told 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa.

The deaths prompted renewed questions about safety at the construction site, where a community center is being built for the  Redeemer Presbyterian Church. The site has been plagued by complaints — one as recently as this past weekend about a loose tarp and falling debris.

1010 WINS Reporter Juliet Papa with reaction from the Buildings Commissioner

Construction at the site has been ongoing for the past year to year-and-a-half. The Department of Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri said there is “no evidence” that assured him “there were safety measures in place.”

There is speculation that the wind could have been a factor in the accident. The official cause remains under investigation by police and OSHA.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • Phil

    RIP brothers.

  • Disgusted with IUOE Local 14

    I wonder if the operator of the outside elevator on that job is either a relative of a business agent or of a master mechanic, or if he/she has a only a “B” book?

  • mike

    Loose construction dbris fell from a site in Calgary AB killing a 4 year old girl and injuring her father, so don’t people read the news from other places ?

  • william morales

    I hope Tim keller recognizes this tragedy and address it before the public as a church should…

  • Jean V.

    May both men rest in peace and may loving and happy memories help the families get through this difficult time. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.

  • Patty

    graduated with Brett, he was a great guy…… god bless his family

  • Juliannas Uncle

    Not to minimize what happened, but the WINS on-air report mentioned that the two workers lived upstate.

    That raises one of my pet peeves: All those high-paying construction jobs IN the city are not FOR the city, because the construction unions are still hostile to city residents. Ditto for the police and fire unions. Why are all the good jobs reserved for suburbanites??

    • Pray for the families.

      how dare you make a comment like this when 2 men lost their lives. you should be ashamed of yourself.

      • James Barber

        The workers live upstate because they moved there. Work hard, earn a good living, do the right thing, and you can choose to live wherever you like.

  • jesse79

    rip roy and brett

  • Matt

    is there a collection being taken for the Families??? if so, can anyone provide the Names and Local of the fallen Brothers.
    ~Matt Harper local 433 JIW

    • Keith

      Brett is from local 417 newburgh NY Roy is from local 40 NYC. I knew Brett well he was a great guy and family man. My thoughts go out to his kids and family

    • Leah Fors

      One is Brett McEnroe. He is from Dover Plains.

  • Carrie

    one of them was my cousin – he will be missed. .. terribly

    • Vincent

      My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

      Vincent G.
      Local 361

  • George

    was this a union job? was there safety in place how can this happen one ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

    • occsafmedic

      Yes. Local 40.

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  • Ellen

    My prays go out to these iron workers and their families. What a tragedy. Your love one goes to work and you expect them home, not lying in a morgue. I can’t see how people deal with this horrible news, and pray that God be with them now.

  • green pastures

    Devil made me dooooo it.
    Actually this is awfull and sad that someone had to die
    on a Sciame construction site. Boooo!

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