SoHo Construction Worker Falls from Scaffolding, Dies

Witnesses described hearing a loud "thump" as the worker fell

Friday, May 18, 2012  |  Updated 7:52 AM EDT
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Construction Worker Falls to Death

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SoHo building where a construction worker fell to his death Thursday

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A 28-year-old construction worker fell to his death while working on scaffolding in SoHo Thursday evening, police said.

Officials said the man was on scaffolding at 450 Broome St., near Mercer, when he fell three floors onto the next scaffolding landing at about 5 p.m.

"I saw a gentleman fall, I heard a loud thump, as if a lot of bricks just fell like five stories on to the floor," said witness Richard Diaz. "When he got brought down, it didn't seem like he was breathing."

Another witness, Harvey Trinidad, said he saw EMS performing CPR on the man.

"He looked pretty banged up, he was bloody," said Trinidad. "It gives you goosebumps. You never want to see something like that."

The worker, identified as Adrien Zamora, was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Department of Buildings investigators were on the scene. It's not clear what caused the worker to fall.

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