MOTT HAVEN, the Bronx — A construction worker was killed and another was injured in an elevator collapse in the Bronx Wednesday morning, city officials said.
First responders were called to the building on Bruckner Boulevard, near Lincoln Avenue, in Mott Haven around 8:15 a.m.
An FDNY spokesperson said the two workers were inside the elevator when it suddenly dropped several floors.
One person was pronounced dead at the scene and the other victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition, according to fire officials.
A woman who worked for the man who died said he was 30 years old and was her supervisor.
Inspectors with the Department of Buildings were investigating the incident, which a spokesperson said involved construction workers in the building.
According to police sources, a construction worker overloaded a freight elevator with equipment, causing it to collapse. The elevator fell from the top floor to the bottom.
Sources also said this is the second fatal accident to occur at the location: two years ago, a worker died when he fell through scaffolding.
No violations have been issued for the property by the City Department of Buildings since 2013.
The building is a former ice factory that is being renovated for commercial use; sources told PIX11 it’s set to become a charter school.
Locals would recognize the building as the former home of a History Channel billboard that now reads iHeartRadio.
“Every worker who leaves for the job site in the morning deserves to come home safely at night,” said Andrew Rudansky of the NYC Department of Buildings. “We are committed to finding out how this tragic incident occurred, and if we find that safety rules were ignored, we will hold those responsible to account.”
Brian Houser, a union rep for elevator construction workers, expressed concerns for the safety of workers like the two men involved in Wednesday’s accident.
“Any worker should not be put in a compromising situation like this where they’re going to lose their life,” he said. “They have a family to feed.”
New state laws have tightened rules for elevator safety, but Houser said COVID-19 has delayed its implementation.
The Associated Press and PIX11’s Corey Crockett contributed to this report.