On April 1, a young construction worker fell to his death while working on a two-family house in Brooklyn. Alex Santizo, 21, of Queens was working on the second floor of the home when a piece of debris struck him in the head and caused him to tumble through an air shaft from the second floor of the building to the basement. NYPD arrived at the scene around 2:15 pm in response to a call reporting an unconscious person. A witness said that when EMS workers removed him his face was covered in blood; he was taken to the hospital, but could not be saved.
Santizo’s family gathered at the job site on Saturday in remembrance of him. His mother was deeply upset as she left her apartment in Queens, saying she was very sad and was going to be with her family. The family did not have any details about the tragic loss at the time, his mother said she heard it was an accident.
There were not any reports of other injuries at the site and it is unknown as to whether Santizo was working alone at the time of the accident. An inspector from the Department of Buildings (DOB) stapled three copies of a stop-work order at the site Friday night. The site has one open complaint and seven open violations, including one that is considered “hazardous” by the DOB.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, please call the accomplished personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Thomas L. Gallivan, PLLC to discuss your claim.