A construction worker is in critical condition after falling through several floors through an elevator shaft in a Brooklyn building Tuesday morning, officials say.
Co-workers said the fall happened when a wooden board the man was standing on snapped at the Bushwick construction site, a residential project that tops at out at five floors. The worker was wearing a helmet and harness, but his colleagues were unsure if the harness was properly fastened.
The worker was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where he's listed in critical condition.
Pilku Construction Services refused to comment. The Department of Buildings remains on site investigating the cause.
The elevators constructions union, Local 1, said in a statement that Tuesday's accident underscores the need for passage of the Elevator Safety Act, proposed legislation that would set minimum education and training standards for elevator mechanics.