According to the Eagle:
In October 2011 the plaintiff, a 53-year-old union ironworker at the construction site for the Barclays Center, was struck in the head by a “come-along,” a type of hoist, as it fell from 12 feet above. The 40-pound device, which is used in the construction industry to pull loads up to 3 tons, broke Melville’s hard hat when it fell. He was rendered briefly unconscious and was removed from the site via ambulance to a hospital.While the defense conceded liability during the trial--the plaintiffs alleged an elevation-related hazard--the trial addressed damages. While the defense claimed that Melville's limitation on activities resulted from a 1996 accident, the plaintiff said the incident not only required further treatment but kept him from work.
Yesterday, DNAinfo reported that a worker "installing a metal roof deck... fell about 20 feet to a roof on the eight floor of 168 39th St., near Second Avenue, about 7 a.m., according to a [Brooklyn Nets] spokesman and Department of Buildings." That's the site of the under-construction Nets training facility. The worker was unconscious but expected to survive.
The Department of Buildings has issued a violation regarding the lack of proper safeguards. DNAinfo reported that the company overseeing the site, the Gilbane Building Company, did not immediately comment.