Two construction workers suffered minor injuries when the plywood floor they were working on gave out underneath them, officials said.
Cops were called to a construction site at 150 Nelson Street near Clinton Street at 2 p.m. on April 22 after the two workers fell several feet.
One of the workers hurt his leg, officials said. The second construction worker hurt his leg and his wrist.
Both were treated at area hospitals.
Officials from the Department of Buildings said that a construction crew was building an extension to the back of the existing Red Hook building and was using wooden planks as a temporary floor as they built the outer walls of the extension.
Witnesses told inspectors that the workers had placed some cinderblocks on the planks. Their weight plus the weight of the workers was too much for the planks to bear.
Inspectors from the Department of Buildings confirmed that the first-floor level had been overloaded with concrete blocks and that the floor was not properly braced.
A stop-work order was put in effect for the alteration work and the contractor, New Age Consulting, was cited for failing to protect the public and property during construction operations, failing to provide guard rails around openings in the floor and failing to file a TR1 Form with the Department of Buildings.
“It was an overload of material, that was all it was,” a spokesperson from New Age Consulting said when contacted. The spokesman said that they are currently working with the fire department and the buildings department to get the stop work order lifted.
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