One person died and two were injured when a building under construction partially collapsed, police said. The fire department said it responded to the call about the five-story unoccupied Manhattan tenement building at about 12:30 p.m. last Tuesday, after some of the building''s floors apparently gave way and crushed a construction worker on the first floor.
No scaffolding was visible outside the building, and the outer walls did not appear to be affected. A view from the roof of a nearby building showed that the top floors of the structure had fallen in.
Richard Joseph, 33, of Brooklyn, was killed. The two who were injured were taken to a hospital, and no other information was immediately available on them.
Relatives of Joseph said he had predicted at a Christmas Eve party that he would die on the job. "He said, you know, ''I''m not going back to this job because I just feel like I''m gonna die if I go back there,''" recalled cousin Octavio Felix, who did not say why Joseph felt he would die.
The Department of Buildings halted work at the partially collapsed building and was investigating.
NYC building collapses (1/2)
January 2, 2007