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Construction worker seriously injured when metal door falls on him, knocks him into cellar


A construction worker was seriously injured when a door fell on him and knocked him from an exposed beam into a cellar, one floor below.

UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan — A construction worker was seriously injured Wednesday morning after a metal door he was working on fell on him, knocking him down a floor to a cellar, officials said.

The 30-year-old man was standing on an exposed I-beam on the first floor with a 25-year-old construction worker when the door fell, officials said.  The workers were not equipped with fall protection.

The falling door knocked the two men off the I-beam, officials said. They fell about 10 feet into a cellar.

The 30-year-old man was rushed to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center with serious leg trauma, police said. His 25-year-old co-worker was taken to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital with minor injuries.

A partial stop work order was issued for the ground floor, officials said. Two violations were issued for a failure to keep approved construction plans onsite and for failing to provide a fall protection system.