New York, NY – NYC Council Member Robert E. Cornegy Jr., Chair of Housing and Buildings Committee, released the following statement today following a scaffolding collapse that injured three people on Sunday in Brooklyn at 4th Avenue and Carroll Street:

“The scaffolding incident yesterday afternoon highlights the need for continued improvements to the safety of scaffolding in the city. It is troubling to learn that the general contractor for this property has received 12 safety violations so far this year, including 5 in June. There were 4 violations issued for this incident for failing to properly safeguarding the construction site and because the scaffolding was not up to code. According to Department of Buildings, more than 22 complaints have been filed against this property since demolition of the previous building started in 2016.

Three people were injured, one seriously, when high winds caused scaffolding to blow from a rooftop into the courtyard of a bar. A Stop Work Order has been issued against Parlour Residences, and Silvercup Scaffold has been ordered to remove all remaining scaffolding that is not properly secured.

My office is in touch with the Department of Buildings, who continues to investigate this issue. We intend to find out what is being done to remedy this situation, and if there are any other ongoing cases against the responsible party.

I pray that the individuals injured in this incident make a full and speedy recovery. I will continue working with my colleague on the Housing and Buildings Committee and in Council to improve construction safety.”