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Wet Concrete Falls Off Building, Hits Car

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

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A woman’s car window was shattered Thursday (April 14) when a portion of wet concrete fell from a construction site in downtown Jersey City, NJ, according to various news reports.

Officials said work on the 20-story luxury apartment building was temporarily halted while the city’s Building Department and police assessed the scene.

The concrete was reportedly being poured on the roof of the building, when some of it “splashed, going off the building,” striking a car driving below, reports relate.

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A portion of freshly poured concrete reportedly splashed off of a building onto the street below, hitting a passing car.

The concrete left dents in the roof and smashed the rear window of the Toyota Prius. Images of the damage are available here.

The driver was not injured.

Safety Concerns

Police said safety barriers were installed around the perimeter of the rooftop, but noted windy conditions at the time of the incident.

The Jersey Journal reports that the city requested that the Hoboken, NJ-based builder and developer Manhattan Building Company hire a new safety inspector.

Federal workplace safety authorities were notified of the incident. An Occupational Safety and Health Administration spokesperson confirmed Monday (April 18) that the agency had opened its own investigation into the incident.

OSHA has six months to complete its investigation.

Debris Falling

Less than two weeks ago, the same building site also saw debris fly onto the street below prompting a street closure, according to the report.

A city spokeswoman told The Jersey Journal said that since that incident occurred on a weekend (April 3), no one was working at the site at the time so it did not need to be shut down.

An inspection did not show any violations at that time and the contractors were allowed to resume work the following Monday.

Manhattan Building Company, founded in 1994, did not respond Monday (April 18) to a request for more information.


Tagged categories: Accidents; Commercial / Architectural; concrete; Condominiums/High-Rise Residential; Construction; Contractors; Developers; Good Technical Practice; Health and safety; North America

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