Six injured after scaffolding collapses at Long Island City rental building under construction

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The scaffolding on a rental building being constructed in Long Island City collapsed on Monday morning, leaving six people injured.

According to the FDNY, they received a call at about 10:40 a.m. about an unstable facade at 42-17 27th St. About 50 firefighters and other personnel went to the scene, where six construction workers were injured.

Five workers were in serious but stable condition and one person suffered a minor injury. They were all taken to Elmhurst Hospital and the incident was under control by 11:48 p.m. According to a complaint filed with the Department of Buildings (DOB), workers were pouring concrete on the eighth floor when the scaffolding collapsed.

The building is owned by Rabsky Group, a developer that is planning an 18-story, 195-unit apartment building, according to DOB records.

There are 20 complaints filed with the DOB since the site was purchased by Rabsky in 2015, including several complaints alleging that workers failed to stop construction when a stop work order was in effect.


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