STATEMENT: Council Member Ben Kallos on Scaffolding Incident in Upper East Side that Left an Injured Pedestrian
Upper East Side - NY. I am grateful that the injury resulting from this incident was not life-threatening and that the resident was able to walk away from it however potentially deadly debris should not be falling out of the sky and onto New Yorkers ever.
In addition to having a bill that limits the amount of time scaffolding is up unnecessarily, I am looking into introducing legislation that would make ensure scaffolding that is up is inspected effectively so that it is safe and actually protects pedestrians in the event of an accident. I will certainly be following up with the Department of Buildings as they investigate what exactly occurred here. These structures are meant to keep people safe and if they are not doing that job correctly we need to fix that.
Council Member Ben Kallos represents District 5 which covers First Avenue and East 57th Street where the incident occurred.