QUEENS — Three construction workers were seriously injured when construction material fell from a boom lift and crashed through an Astoria home Tuesday afternoon, the FDNY said.
Two workers were critically hurt and a third was removed from the home about two hours later after the material fell from the top of 31-25 28th Road, near 31st Street, through several floors to the basement at about 3:41 p.m., an FDNY spokesman said.
The two workers were taken to Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition, and responders removed a third worker at about 5:40 p.m., the spokesman added. The third worker’s condition was not immediately clear.
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Neighbor Irene Sanitate, 67, said crews have been working on the home for about two months and were loudly drilling against her wall Tuesday morning.
A few hours later she heard the material fall.
“We were upstairs. It was a big, really loud noise,” said Sanitate, who has lived on the block since 1970. “And then a lot of dust.”
The neighbor added that she was worried about construction material being placed on the roof.
“The house is old, and when I saw all that material on the roof from day one, I said it’s too much weight,” Sanitate said. “That was my concern. A lot of cinderblock.”
Department of Buildings records show an application for a sidewalk shed to make repairs on the two-story home.