New York City

Stop Work Order Issued at Skyscraper Construction Site After Death

What to Know

  • A security guard was killed at the construction site of a midtown skyscraper when a large glass panel fell on him, police say
  • Construction workers were moving the glass panel on the first floor when it fell, officials said
  • A construction worker was also injured, but was expected to survive, police said

New York City has issued a stop work order at the construction site of one of Manhattan's tallest skyscrapers after a large glass panel fell, killing a security guard and injuring a construction worker.

The city's Department of Buildings said work was banned and a violation issued for failing to safeguard the site after the 10:30 a.m. emergency Saturday at the West 57th Street site, a half block from Carnegie Hall.

Police say 67-year-old security guard Harry Ramnauth was killed, and a 27-year-old construction worker was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Inspectors say an 8-foot-by-14-foot glass panel tipped over as it was being moved.

The building developer's office didn't immediately comment.

A 1,550-foot (472-meter) tower is planned at 217 W. 57th St. For comparison, One World Trade Center is 1,776 feet (541 meters).

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