NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — According to the Department of Buildings, the company handling the demolition of a building in Staten Island that partially collapsed, killing one worker, did not have a permit for the observed construction.
The incident happened at around 8:15 on Friday inside the Dana Ford Lincoln on West Service Road off the Shore Expressway. A section of the car dealership’s mezzanine caved in, trapping and killing a construction worker as three others scrambled to safety, authorities said.
“Half of the mezzanine level collapsed to the ground,” Fire Department Deputy Chief Pete Leicht said.
The man, whom police identified as Delfino Jesus Velazquez Mendizabal, 43, was taken to a hospital in critical condition and pronounced dead on arrival.
The buildings department said the company put in an application for a demolition permit but never obtained it, 1010 WINS reported.
Both a vacate order and a stop work order have been issued for the property, and the buildings department said a violation will be issued for working without a permit, 1010 WINS reported.
Records indicate the owner has been building a new, environmentally friendly building on the property over the last two years.
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