New York residents who oppose the new garbage transfer station under construction on East 91st Street got additional ammunition to bolster their case this week when a chisel from a jackhammer shattered a window in the Asphalt Green recreational center. A worker was injured in the construction site accident and was treated and released at a local hospital for the bruises and cuts she received from broken glass.
At the time of the accident, workers were attempting to lift a manhole tube, which was partially secured by the piece of equipment. It is unknown what caused the chisel to dislodge itself. The recreation center’s former executive director, whose role now is as senior adviser to the project at the transfer station, remarked, "We were just lucky the chisel didn't go in the other direction because there were 400 children playing in the field." She added that the city had recently promised not to use the ramp bottom area for construction while the summer camp was in session and had not honored its promise.
According to the city’s sanitation commissioner, the Department of Design and Construction is conducting an investigation into the accident and will make sure the construction site is safe. No work will continue until the investigation concludes.
Area residents and administrators at the rec center are concerned that the transfer station will pose a safety hazard to the hundreds of kids who come every day to use the facilities. The ramp leading into the transfer station is situated between a ballpark and the center, making it a prime passageway for scores of children on a daily basis.
The injured worker would be well within her rights to file a claim against the city and other entities for her injuries and medical expenses. Given the close proximity of the Asphalt Green recreation center to the garbage transfer station, the likelihood of additional claims arising from accidents at the site is fairly high.
Source: Source: Capital New York, "Construction accident at Asphalt Green renews safety concerns," David Giambusso, July 9, 2014