FDNY Searching Rubble After Wall Collapse in Brooklyn

WNBC 4 - September 13, 2018

by Checkey Beckford and Ida Siegal

The workers were digging with an excavator when a slurry wall suddenly collapsed and buried at least one of the men, sources said.

The FDNY's search for a missing worker in the rubble of a wall collapse in Brooklyn has turned into a recovery operation after finding no signs of life in the debris during their hours-long search Wednesday afternoon.

Officials said six construction workers were at a one-story building on 39th Street in Sunset Park around 1:45 p.m., digging into the ground to prepare to lay a foundation for a new manufacturing and health care building going up there.

The workers were digging with an excavator when a slurry wall suddenly collapsed and buried at least one of the men, law enforcement sources said.

FDNY responders searched for an unaccounted-for 47-year-old worker, but could not find any sign of life despite an NYPD K-9 assisting and the use of a Con Edison truck designed to vacuum debris and soil.

It's not clear if the wall collapse is weather related, but the rain made the search difficult, authorities said.

The Department of Buildings says inspectors and structural engineers are on the scene, and will start investigating the cause of the collapse once the FDNY's recovery operations end.

There were active permits to enlarge the existing single-story manufacturing building into a four-story manufacturing and health care facility, the DOB says. There had been no complaints or violations at the project before Wednesday's wall collapse.