Repairs Resume at Ground Zero BuildingAug 27, 2007
Repair work resumed this weekend to stabilize a Ground Zero skyscraper burned in a deadly fire, and several streets around the building were closed to traffic until further notice.
All work was stopped at the former Deutsche Bank tower on Thursday after a construction worker removing debris lost control of a 300-pound piece of equipment, which fell off the building, injuring two firefighters on the ground.
Limited repair work, including debris removal, scaffold repair and installation of netting that was burned in the Aug. 18 blaze, which killed two firefighters, resumed Saturday, said the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., the building’s owner.
No workers on the job are from the John Galt Corp. subcontractor, LMDC spokesman Errol Cockfield said. Galt was dropped from the building’s cleanup and demolition last week for safety violations; city officials said a Galt worker was involved in Thursday’s accident.
Lower Manhattan residents whose homes face the partially demolished tower, which contains asbestos, lead, mercury and other toxins blown in when the World Trade Center collapsed just across the street on Sept. 11, 2001, were advised to close their windows until the work is finished.
A frozen zone was set up, closing a few blocks around the 26-story building to pedestrians and cars. The zone includes a street where a memorial to firefighters killed on Sept. 11 is installed.