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Trump Tower Accident

Construction worker falls to his death in Soho

Donald Trump may have what it takes to make millions, but it looks like he needs a refresher on safety standards.

Safety First?Safety First?Yesterday a worker fell to his death at the Trump Tower construction site when a crane being used for pouring concrete collapsed 42 stories above street level.

A woman who works in the building beside the Trump Tower construction site heard debris hit her window yesterday afternoon around 2 pm. She looked out the window and saw the man on sidewalk. "It was clear from the way one of the legs was bent that the person was either dead or severely injured, so I called 911."

Trump's 42-story condominium tower is scheduled to open in 2009, but construction so far has been plagued by a series of violations - even before Monday's accident. Manhattan's Buildings Department issued citations at the site as far back as October 26, 2007.

One happened to be for operating a crane in an unsafe manner, the other for failing to protect public property during construction.

"Why are we allowing this crane to operate when there's been no resolution to this violation?" asked Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. "I find that very troubling."

Bovis Lend Lease, the main contractor overseeing construction, seems to have a long history of safety issues. A fire this past August at a construction site claimed the lives of 2 firefighters, and there are 11 more citations from a variety of construction sites.

Whatever happened to safety first?

Three construction workers were taken to hospital yesterday, 2 with serious injuries. Bovis has said the crane is now secure and not in danger of further collapse.

Not sure I'd want to stay in a place like this when construction is finished if safety standards are so lax.

Would you?

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