Owner of Contracting Company Falls to Death at Upper West Side Building: Officials

The owner of a contracting company died Wednesday in a fall at a building under construction on the Upper West Side, authorities said.

He walked into the 4-story residential building on West 70th Street shortly before 9 a.m. and went to the elevator shaft where he heard people talking in the cellar about construction plans, the Department of Buildings said. As he tried to look, he reached for but missed a post where the guard rail was installed, then fell into the shaft, the buildings department said.

There was no rail guard where he fell from, the buildings department said.

The man suffered serious head trauma and was pronounced dead at a hospital, police said. His name hasn't been released.

A full work stop order will be issued, the buildings department said. 

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