Wind-torn plank from condo construction site killed pedestrian
On the afternoon of March 17th, real estate agent Tina Nguyen was suddenly killed when gusty winds ripped a piece of plywood off of a nearby security fence surrounding a construction site. The 4 foot by 8 foot board sailed across 12th street, striking Nguyen so hard that she was thrown against a wall and hit her head on a section of pipe. She was later pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital, according to the New York Post.
Although winds were blowing up to 40mph that day, there is a question of whether or not the screws holding the board in place were secure.
The site, set to be a luxury condominium complex called The Greenwich Lane, is operated by a construction firm called Turner Construction. It is currently under investigation to determine whether the property was code-compliant at the time. For this incident, they may be hit with two violations by the Department of Buildings. These are not the first violations Turner and the property owners have faced for creating an unsafe street-level environment for pedestrians.
Nguyen was engaged to be married and was buried in her wedding dress on Sunday, when over 200 friends and family members gathered to celebrate her life.
Turner Construction released a statement to the New York Daily News that the company is “deeply saddened” by Nguyen’s death.
It is the responsibility of construction companies and property owners to ensure that their sites are code-compliant and do not pose an unnecessary danger to pedestrians and workers. If you or someone you love has been injured by construction firm negligence, a personal injury attorney with Hach & Rose, LLP, can help you file a claim to pursue justice. Call our New York City offices at (212) 779-0057 to speak with an attorney today.