Worker Injured In Fall From Roof Of 135 Joralemon

The Daily News reports that a construction worker, Antonio Garcia, “suffered serious injuries” because of a fall from the roof of 135 Joralemon Street (photo). Mr. Garcia was replacing shingles on the roof of the landmarked 185 year old house when he fell and landed on his head. He was taken to Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, where he is in serious condition.

Mr. Garcia is employed by V Roofing and Construction. The Daily News contacted them, but they would not comment. The General Contractor, American Residential Contractor LTD and a subcontractor, Velu General Contracting, were both cited for not providing adequate fall protection.

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  • Jorale-man

    That’s a shame. I hope he makes a full recovery. I saw some city inspectors out there yesterday.

    I like the old photo, btw. Interesting to see what it looked like before the trees and landscaping were added.

  • You know who this is

    Hmmm-based on this incident, perhaps a gaggle of lawyers and “civic activists”/”preservationists” can, well, “change” the ownership of the building…again…based on “abandonment” or some other “legal” basis…

  • Andrew Porter
  • Jorale-man

    Cool. I think the house looked more complete with shutters. I wonder why the decision not to replace them.

  • Arch Stanton

    A man has been hurt and all you do is a post a bunch of nonsense.

  • Arch Stanton

    I hope he isn’t too badly hurt. I always require workers on my job sites to have full fall protection in place, sadly they don’t always clip-in, some just seem to think it isn’t
    “manly” to be safe…

  • KXrVrii1

    Interesting video of the house:

  • DIBS

    The number of terms she got wrong or misused is mindboggling.

  • Andres Dominguez

    I used to live next door (6 years). My window faced the backyard of this house. Every time they did repairs they hired the cheapest possible contractors. I never saw anyone wearing helmets or any other kind of protective gear. People would climb to the second floor on ladders without using ropes to secure themselves

  • You know who this is….

    Arch, you are exactly correct in this regard. In the wake of 9-11 I witnessed dozen of ground zero workers being dismissive of wearing masks and safety equip. there WAS a macho man element to this. Others just believed much great authority figures such as Christie Whitman. But the point is, even if they are not liability concerned, responsible property owners do not allow workers to on a job without above required safety equipment. Period.

  • DIBS

    I think that a house can start to look “too busy” with shutters. Especially a small one like this.

  • Diesel

    A friend, just went through this with Landmarks, they did not allow the shutters to be replaced on his building after the the exterior renovation. Reason given: The shutters are not historically accurate to the period the building was constructed (1822)…

  • Cranberry Beret

    You must post the address. I highly doubt that was all Landmarks had to say. EVERY house built in 1822 had shutters and they know that.

  • Diesel

    Corner of Hicks & Cranberry

  • B.

    In all my years, I have never seen workers using safety equipment. Who wears helmets? Both the bosses and their workers clamber up extension ladders and walk around pitched roofs with nothing beneath them. It’s the rare contractor who provides a rope or, for that matter, uses it himself.

    Every other house in Ditmas Park (land of pitched roofs) has had new roofs or siding done in the last half dozen years, it seems, and except for some scaffolding on a few of them, what you see are freewheeling guys hobnailing about.

    Also those of us who clean our own Yankee gutters.