Brooklyn building collapse kills construction worker, NYPD says

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By Dan Sears

A 33-year-old construction worker was killed on the job Friday after the first floor of a two-story residential home collapsed in Borough Park, Brooklyn, police said.

The NYPD said the man was working at a job site at 1266 50th St. when the floor collapsed. Police and emergency responders arrived shortly after 12 p.m. and emergency medical service workers pronounced him dead on the scene. A police spokesperson said they would not release the man’s identity until notifying his family.

A Department of Buildings spokesperson said agency officials were on site investigating the circumstances that led to the collapse and did not immediately have information.

DOB records show the property was hit with a partial stop work order for “interior demolition of an occupied residential building” with “no permits posted,” in late December.

Inspectors returned to the building on Jan. 4 and flagged “excavation/foundation” work at a wall roughly 35-feet long and 12-feet high, without DOB permits.

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The “only work allowed” at the site was to make the area “safe” inspectors wrote. The partial stop work order was still in place on Friday, according to DOB records.

The building owner could not be immediately reached for comment.

This is the second building collapse in recent weeks. A residential building partially collapsed in the Bronx in mid-December, displacing dozens of tenants.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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