Manhattan construction worker who fell to death is 7th NYC site fatality of 2015

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The construction worker who fell to his death from an Upper East Side building under renovation was the seventh hardhat to be killed in the city this year — a number on pace to beat the city’s eight construction site fatalities in 2014, officials said.

Juan Cerezo, 30, of the Bronx, was working on the 14th floor facade of the Sherman Towers on E. 76th St. near First Ave. at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday when he plummeted onto a second-floor scaffolding. He died at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, according to officials.

The city Department of Buildings put a stop-work order on the building as investigators figure out just how Cerezo fell. It was not immediately clear if his work required that he wear a safety harness, officials said.

Four complaints have been filed against the building’s renovation this year, two for the second-floor scaffolding breaking or not being up to code, according to city records.


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